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Entry Island

Entry Island, September 2015
by Peter May

Featuring: Sime Mackenzie
544 pages
ISBN: 162365663X
EAN: 9781623656638
Kindle: B00U6DO09S
Hardcover / e-Book
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"An emotionally charged crime thriller set on a remote Canadian island."

Fresh Fiction Review

Entry Island
Peter May

Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted August 20, 2015

Mystery Police Procedural | Thriller Crime

Entry Island is part of the remote Iles de la Madeleine in the Gulf of St. Lawrence far off the coast of Quebec, Canada. When Montreal detective Sime Mackenzie is assigned to an investigative team going to Entry Island, he's dealing with insomnia brought on by a bitter divorce and his lonely, unfulfilled life. It does not help that his unfaithful ex-wife is also part of the team, and it's a very small island. With a population of barely over 100, there's now one less with the murder of its wealthiest inhabitant.

Of course, the victim's wife is the most likely suspect, since she was found with his blood all over her. Moreover, her explanation of what took place seems a little unlikely given all the evidence at the scene. Sime, however, is inclined to believe her. Upon their first meeting, Sime feels a close affinity and is sure he knows her from somewhere. Now his insomnia is plagued by dreams of an earlier life on a Scottish island -- and she is there with him. Could these dreams be triggered by the stories from an ancestor's diaries that were read to Sime as a child? He has to find out the connection, and soon, since the rest of Sime's team is convinced he's lost all perspective on the murder case.

Smartly written with a precise use of flashbacks and complex characters, Peter May's ENTRY ISLAND is a riveting crime thriller. Surprising revelations from the ancestor's diaries add significant elements to the present- day suspense, leading to an emotionally intense conclusion. Peter May again proves his writing prowess with this exciting new thriller.

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Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times raved: "Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." Now Peter May takes us to a small island off the coast of Québec with an emotionally charged new mystery.

When a murder rocks the isolated community of Entry Island, insomniac homicide detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at St. Hubert airfield bound for the small, scattered chain of Madeline Islands, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as part of an eight-officer investigation team from Montréal.

Only two kilometers wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of just more than 100 inhabitants, the wealthiest of whom has just been discovered murdered in his home. Covered in her husband's blood, the dead man's melancholy wife spins a tale for the police about a masked intruder armed with a knife.

The investigation appears to be little more than a formality--the evidence points to a crime of passion, implicating the wife. But Sime is electrified by the widow during his interview, convinced that he has met her before, even though this is clearly impossible.

Haunted by this strange certainty, Sime's insomnia is punctuated by vivid, hallucinatory dreams of a distant past on a Scottish island 3,000 miles away, dreams in which he and the widow play leading roles. Sime's conviction soon becomes an obsession. And despite mounting evidence of the woman's guilt, he finds himself convinced of her innocence, leading to a conflict between the professional duty he must fulfill and the personal destiny he is increasingly sure awaits him.

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