Peter May Books In Order

Publication Order of Beijing/China Thriller Books

The Firemaker (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fourth Sacrifice (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Killing Room (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snakehead (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Runner (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chinese Whispers (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Enzo Files Books

Extraordinary People (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Critic (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blacklight Blue (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freeze Frame (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blowback (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lewis Trilogy Books

The Blackhouse (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lewis Man (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chessmen (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Reporter (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fallen Hero (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hidden Faces (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Noble Path (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Virtually Dead (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Entry Island (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Runaway (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Hebrides (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Peter May was born on December 20, 1951 in Glasgow, Scotland. Even from a young age, Peter wanted to be a novelist. He started out his writing career in journalism and won his first award, the Fraser Award, in 1973 when he was only 21 years old. For this he was labeled Scotland’s Young Journalist of the Year. Peter completed his first novel at the age of 26 titled The Reporter, which was later adapted to a British television series in 1978 called The Standard. He met his wife, Janice Hally, when he was working on the television series, Take the High Road. They were married in 1990 and are currently residing in France.

The Lewis Trilogy

The Lewis Trilogy began in 2009 with Peter’s novel, The Blackhouse. This murder mystery series takes place on the Isle of Lewis where life is unforgiving and the fear of God is apparent. The Blackhouse starts the series off with Fin Macleod, a police detective and native born of the Isle of Lewis, on a murder investigation that takes him back to his roots.

In the second novel of the Lewis Trilogy, titled The Lewis Man, Fin returns for another murder mystery of a body discovered and thought to be part of a sacrifice from an ancient ritual over a thousand years old. In this murder mystery Fin uncovers parts of Tormad Macdonald, the father of Fin’s childhood sweetheart’s, past that even his own family was unaware of.

The third and final chapter of this series, The Chessmen, takes Fin on an investigation to solve an illegal game-hunting crime that reunites him with a face of his past, Whistler Macaskill, and leads him to discover pieces of the past that could destroy the future.

The Enzo Files

The Enzo Files is a series of five novels with one on the way. The series tell the story of Enzo Macleod, a half-Scottish, half-Italian former forensic scientist that is forced to use his skills once again to solve old cold-cases in France. In the first novel of this series, Extraordinary People (also published as Dry Bones) Enzo is sent on a disturbing scavenger hunt for body parts around France. In the second chapter of the series, The Critic, Enzo investigates the murder of a celebrated wine critic in the vineyards of the Gaillac region. The series continues on with the novels, Blacklight Blue, Freeze Frame, and Blowback.

The China Thrillers

This thriller series is popular for the tempestuous relationship between Chinese detective Li Yan, and acerbic American pathologist Dr. Margaret Campbell from Chicago. The China Thrillers landed Peter the only honorary membership of the Chinese Crime Writer’s Association awarded to a westerner for its vibrant portrayal of contemporary Chinese life.

In the first chapter of the China Thriller series, The Firemaker, Li Yan and Dr. Margaret Campbell are tracking the murderer of a government scientist who was found burned to death in a park in Beijing.

After Dr. Margaret Campbell is heartbroken when Li Yan chooses his career over her, she once again teams up with him when the fourth of a series of ritualized beheadings involves an American citizen in the second novel of this series, The Fourth Sacrifice. This series continues on in four more novels titled The Killing Room, Snakehead, The Runner, and Chinese Whispers.

Standalone Novels

In addition to the Lewis Trilogy, the Enzo Files, and the China Thrillers, Peter was also able to write six standalone novels including his very first novel, The Reporter published in 1978. In this novel, investigative reporter, Colin Anderson, unknowingly puts his life and the life of his assistant, Janis Sinclair, on the line when he begins to uncover what could very well be the biggest international sabotage of all time. Peter’s other standalone novels include Fallen Hero 1979, Hidden Faces 1981 and 1982, The Noble Path 1992 and 1993, Virtually Dead 2010, and Entry Island 2014.

Television and Film

In addition to being an accomplished novelist, Peter has also made himself a name and career in the film and television industries. His television career took off with The Standard, in 1978 which was based off of the characters in his first novel, The Reporter. Peter was then the co-creator and writer of Squadron, a series about an RAF rapid deploying squadron that aired on BBC starting in 1982. Peter’s television career also involves Take the High Road (1980-1992), The Ardlamont Mystery (1985), and Machair (1992-1996). To add to his already prestigious career in television, Peter May’s novel The Killing Room is also being adapted into a full-length feature film.

Awards and Nominations

Peter May has become well recognized for his work both as a novelist and in film and television. His very first award was the Fraser Award in 1973 for being the Scottish Young Journalist of the Year. In 1996, Machair was nominated for the Best Drama Serial Award at the 17th International Celtic Film and Television Festival. In 2006, Firemaker was runner up for the Best Crime Novel category in the Elle Magazine, Grand Prix de Litterature. Snakehead was the winner at the Salon Polar and Co, Cognac in the 2007 Prix Intramuros (France), and shortlisted at the Salon Polar and Co, Cognac in the 2007 Prix International as well. Chinese Whispers was shortlisted at the Salon Polar and Co, Cognac in the 2008 Prix International. The Blackhouse was winner of the Prix des Lecteurs at the Les Ancres Noires book festival, Le Havre in the 2010 Prix Ancres Noires. The Blackhouse was winner of the CEZAM Prix Litteraire Inter CE national French Literature Prize in the 2011 Cezam Prix Littéraire Inter CE L’Île. The Lewis Man was winner of the Prix des Lecteurs at the Les Ancres Noires book festival, Le Havre in the 2012 Prix Ancres Noires. In the 2012 Grand Prix des Lecteurs du Télégramme, The Lewis Man was winner of the Prix des Lecteurs du Télégramme, 10,000 Euro Readers’ Prize of French daily newspaper. In the 2012 Prix International, Cognac Festival The Lewis Man won the 2012 Prix International at the Cognac Festival. The Blackhouse was shortlisted for the 2013 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel (USA). The Lewis Man was shortlisted for the 2013 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award (UK). The Blackhouse won the 2013 Barry Award for Best Crime Novel (USA) at a ceremony at Bouchercon, Albany NY.

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