The Man With No Face by Peter May @authorpetermay @quercusfiction #TheManWithNoFace #bookreview #blogtour

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I’m thrilled to be closing the blog tour for Peter May’s The Man With No Face today. I have to admit I thought I’d read some of Peter May’s books in the past but the more I thought about it and then looked into my Goodreads history, I came to realise I never have. This is in despite of me owning at least four of his books 🙈 *hangs head in shame*.

My thanks go to Agnes Rowe of Midas PR for inviting me on the blog tour and for my e-copy of The Man With No Face.

The Blurb

A REPORTER WITH NO FEAR

Jaded Edinburgh journalist Neil Bannerman is sent to Brussels, intent on digging up dirt. Yet it is danger he discovers, when two British men are found murdered.

A CHILD WITH NO FATHER

One victim is a journalist, the other a Cabinet Minister: the double-assassination witnessed by the former’s autistic daughter. This girl recalls every detail about her father’s killer – except for one.

THE MAN WITH NO FACE

With the city rocked by the tragedy, Bannerman is compelled to follow his instincts. He is now fighting to expose a murderous conspiracy, protect a helpless child, and unmask a remorseless killer.

What Did I Think?

I can’t believe that this is the first I’ve ever read of Peter May’s writing. I feel thoroughly ashamed of myself.

I really liked Neil Bannerman as a character.  He’s been sent to Brussels as a punishment but he’s determined to make the most of it.  He’s a man with dry sense of humour which the other characters don’t always take to but it made me smirk!

Now then, Kale our antagonist – he’s a gun for hire!  He’s meticulous in his work and he’s built a damn good reputation on being the best….but will Brussels be his down fall as he leaves a witness to his crime?!

It was interesting to read The Man with No Face with the commentary of the day back in 1974 having the privilege of hindsight and the current events of 2018/9.  The political backdrop which includes the stark difference of the UK’s position within the European Community. The “historic” feel (yes I know 1974 isn’t that long ago) felt genuine. The obvious contrast with the lack of technology used to seeing in modern fiction. No centralised computer system for the police, secretaries using typewriters….

I have to admit I was concerned when I started the book that it would be more of a political thriller which isn’t really my cup of tea.  But when Kale completed his hit, the book grabbed my interest and my concerns were alleviated.  Yes there is still an element of politics to the story, why wouldn’t there be when a Cabinet Minister is a victim in the tale.  But it’s not an overriding theme, it’s an undertone to a murder mystery, crime thriller. This may be my first foray in Peter May’s writing but it definitely won’t be my last!

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Who Is Peter May?

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Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:

  • the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland;
  • the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell;
  • the critically-acclaimed Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France;
  • and several standalone books, including the multi award-winning Entry Island (January 2014, Quercus UK), Runaway (Quercus 2015), Coffin Road (Quercus 2016) and I’ll Keep You Safe (riverrun 2018).

He has also had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.

One of Scotland’s most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama.  He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.

Born and raised in Scotland, he lives in France.

After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, the first of the The Lewis Trilogy – The Blackhouse – was published in France as L’Ile des Chasseurs d’Oiseaux where it was hailed as “a masterpiece” by the French national newspaper L’Humanité. His novels have a large following in France.  The trilogy has won several French literature awards, including one of the world’s largest adjudicated readers awards, the Prix Cezam.

The Blackhouse was published in English by the award-winning Quercus (a relatively young publishing house which did not exist when the book was first presented to British publishers).  It went on to become an international best seller, and was shortlisted for both Barry Award and Macavity Award when it was published in the USA.

The Blackhouse won the US Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel at Bouchercon in Albany NY, in 2013, Entry Island won the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2014 and the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Club Best Read of the Year 2014.

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