** FROM THE GLOBALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF CAST IRON, COFFIN ROAD AND THE BLACKHOUSE **** AN EXPLOSIVE NEW THRILLER SET IN THE OUTER HEBRIDES**'Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth' - New York Times
Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins.
Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis, bereft.
The Paris police have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder - making Niamh the prime suspect, along with Irina's missing husband, Georgy. And so French Detective Sylvie Braque is sent to the island to look into Niamh's past, unaware of the dangers that await her.
As Braque digs deeper into the couple's history, Niamh herself replays her life with Ruiairidh, searching her memory for those whose grievances might have led to murder. And with each layer revealed, and every unexpected twist uncovered, the two women find themselves drawn inexorably closer to a killer who will not turn back.
He is a terrific writer doing something different. - Mark Billingham
From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer. - Sophie Hannah
Wonderfully compelling. - Kate Mosse
Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth. - New York Times
Dark, exciting and atmospheric. - Scotland on Sunday
May is a terrific crime writer and this is another literate and cleverly constructed novel that will keep you reading and guessing to the end. - Canberra Weekly