I'll Keep You Safe
by May, Peter

Longtime friends, lovers and business partners Niamh and Ruairidh navigate tensions in their relationship and prepare for an important show in Paris before Ruairidh's shattering murder forces Niamh to clear her name of suspicion and uncover an unsettling truth. By the award-winning author of the China Thrillers. 25,000 first printing.

Peter May has written several standalone novels and three series: the award-winning China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell; the critically acclaimed Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo Macleod, set in France; and the Lewis Trilogy (The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man, and The Chessmen), all three volumes of which are internationally bestselling novels.

One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, May garnered more than 1,000 credits over a decade and a half spent as scriptwriter and editor on prime-time British television. Before quitting TV to concentrate on writing novels, he was the creator of three major series, two of which were the highest rated in Scotland. May lives and writes in France.

May, the author of the critically acclaimed Lewis trilogy, set in the Outer Hebrides, mixes the rough Hebridean atmosphere with the glitter of Paris in his fourth stand-alone thriller. Lewis islanders Niamh and Ruairidh have become famous for manufacturing a softer, more supple form of Harris Tweed, which has taken the fashion world by storm. At the book's opening, the couple are in Paris at a prestigious international fabric fair, an event marred by Niamh's suspicion that husband Ruairidh has been cheating on her. Ruairidh and his supposed lover are in a car that explodes in the Place de la République, only yards away from Niamh, who has been pursuing them. Niamh becomes the French investigator's chief suspect. May keeps interest high by telling this ever-deepening suspense story from two different perspectives, that of Niamh and that of the French police investigator, Sylvie Braque. Although the early story of Niamh and Ruairidh sometimes is overdetailed, the way May bookends an equally jaw-dropping beginning and end is worth the digressions. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

The death of her husband in a car explosion in Paris sends a woman searching for answers in the Hebrides in this expansive thriller.By land or sea, transport to the Scottish Hebrides can be fiercely turbulent. This latest from prolific May (Coffin Road, 2017, etc.) offers smooth armchair travel to the dramatic and haunting location—and a mostly good mystery. The story begins at a textile fair in Paris as Hebrides natives Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane market Ranish tweed, their variation on iconic Harris tweed. Together for 10 years, the couple appear headed to dissolution. When Niamh sees Ruairidh leave their hotel with a woman she suspects is his mistress, she tracks them into the street, where their car explodes, killing both of them. Police initially, but briefly, see the earmarks of terrorism. Soon the investigators abandon that tack, and Niamh returns home to bury the pieces of Ruairidh's shattered body. Here, May explores the couple's past lives in a series of ric hly written, but perhaps discursive, flashbacks that often leave the mystery hanging and turn the work into a novel of two people growing up, courting, and coming together in the remote location. Painful and tragic events and relationships among family and friends become the focus. The characters—Niamh's parents, a local police investigator, a vicious fashion designer, a childhood friend of Niamh's who becomes a troubled adult—are animated by May's sharp, perceptive details. The unraveling of the car bombing is not as fresh or as tight as the wrap-up to cases in some of May's other works, though most readers will likely find the final revelation startling and satisfying. What remain consistent are May's keen, perceptive descriptions of the Hebrides, where "jagged black rock…[stands] stubborn against the relentless power of the Atlantic." The uneven plotting would benefit from tightening, but May's sense of place is as good as it gets. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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