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Publisher's Summary

In his latest mystery set in Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, award-winning author Peter May spins a tale about three disparate cases that may or may not be linked....

On the remote Isle of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, a man washes up on a deserted beach, hypothermic and completely disoriented. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his condition is a map of the island showing a desolate, ancient path called the Coffin Road. With a sense of dread and no clear idea what lies at the other end, he knows he must follow the trail if he has any hope of discovering his identity.

Meanwhile, homicide detective George Gunn makes the rough ocean crossing to a remote, sea-battered lighthouse on a rock in the northern Atlantic, 20 miles west of the Outer Hebrides, to investigate a brutal murder. Despite its isolation, the tiny island has seen its share of tragedy: more than a century earlier, three lighthouse keepers disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again. And now there is a new tragedy, and Gunn must figure out what happened.

At the same time, a teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father's death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist's suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that her father would willingly abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that suicide had nothing to do with it.

©2016 Peter May (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"An extremely chilling tale. From a man with memory loss, to a young girl dealing with the loss of her father, to a tale of a policeman unmasking the past, readers will have to pay close attention so they don't lose track of the amazing web May has created." ( Suspense Magazine)
"May keeps the stories clear and the pace fast, with the Hebrides atmosphere serving as a wild, unpredictable fourth character. Flat-out fantastic." ( Booklist )
"May evokes his native Scotland as ruggedly dangerous, his well-drawn characters equally so." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Highly recommend!

I have listened to the Lewis Trilogy and loved it, but couldnt get into the Enzo Files books. This one is a big winner for me and I highly recommend it! The Hebrides as a backdrop is a breath of fresh air, there is just the right amount of tension, interesting characters and some great information about bees to absorb, their lives, their value to humans and the planet we inhabit, and the way they are being killed off by Big Ag. And of course Peter Forbes narrating is great.

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An incredible story

This is an incredibly well conceived an amazing story and you will never guess where it will all end. The author here has done an outstanding job of bringing different worlds together. I also like the narrator who does a wonderful job

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This was one of the dumbest books I've ever listened to. Just a very boring story line.

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  • L M McDermott
  • 04-11-20

Excellent

Peter May at his best. Many strands and I love the Hebredian setting! The novel is evocative of the landscape and moves along at a good pace leaving you wanting to know more. Difficult to stop listening.

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  • Cath Romney
  • 03-13-20

Brilliant

Great page turner as ever Peter may does not disappoint would highly recommend.
His books are always good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-23-19

Coffin Road

Thoroughly enjoyed this book as I always do with Peter May's books. Narrative was excellent as well.

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  • Steven M
  • 05-07-21

Peter May does it again

Another gripping, twisting and mysterious achievement from May. I read the blockhouse trilogy, and this joins them on top of the pedestal. Peter Forbes does a fantastic job of bringing it to life.

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  • R. Porter
  • 02-12-21

A page turning book

Read well by Peter Forbes. A good mingling of story lines and difficult to put down. Causes too many late nights going to bed.

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  • Particia Welsh
  • 07-17-20

1 of my top 10 this year.


This book is awesome, the story is about realistically saving human race. great narrator. Patricia Welsh

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  • Ian Campbell
  • 01-02-20

Makes me want to explore the Hebrides

Thoroughly enjoyed the narration of such a spectacular location. And informative about the bee die off.

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  • Deborah
  • 10-12-19

Coffin Road

Peter May is a superlative storyteller. Coffin Road is another spellbinding listen and again beautifully read by Peter Forbes.

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  • Mrs. Lynn Tulloch
  • 04-04-19

Grippingly addictive

I was fully able to submerse myself in this book, time flew by as I listened intently to it. Peter Forbes was a fantastic narrator too.
I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone. It’s amazing

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  • 02-08-19

Loved it!

My first audio book and I’m absolutely hooked!!!! Love the random dark sections, very intriguing story to follow

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  • 01-08-19

Hair-raising, but a whisker short of a brilliant

A decent plot with gorgeous descriptions of the Scottish coastline were undermined by detailed references to hair and hairlines.

Spoiler Alert: A lack of hair, receding hairline or tints of 'ginger' colouring are an almost sure hint that a villain is being introduced to the plot.

As I reached the middle of the book I picked up on this, and was on the lookout for styling hints for the rest of the read.

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