Cast Iron (An Enzo Macleod Investigation #6) (Hardcover)
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IN THE RED-HOT FINALE TO PETER MAY'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ENZO FILES, ENZO MACLEOD WILL FACE HIS MOST CHALLENGING COLD CASE YET.
"ENDS MACLEOD'S QUEST WITH A FLOURISH." ---MARILYN STASIO, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"A SATISFYING SURPRISE." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)
"THE LAST SHALL BE BEST." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
Western France, 1989A weeping killer deposits the unconscious body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin, her head wrapped in a blue plastic bag, into the waters of a picturesque lake.
Fourteen years later, a summer heat wave parches the countryside, killing trees and bushes and drying out streams. In the scorched mud and desiccated slime of the lake, a fisherman finds a skeleton wearing a bag over its skull.
Paris, October 2011
In an elegant apartment in Paris, forensic expert Enzo Macleod, now fifty-six years old, pores over the scant evidence of the sixth and final cold case he has been challenged to solve. The most obvious suspect is Régis Blanc, a former pimp already imprisoned for the murders of three sex workers, who may have been Lucie's lover in the months before her disappearance. But Régis has a solid alibi, and Enzo has a feeling the real explanation might be more complicated. In taking on this old and seemingly impossible-to-crack case, Enzo puts everything and everyone he holds dear in terrible danger--and in ways even he never could have imagined.
About the Author
Peter May has written several standalone novels and three series: the critically acclaimed Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo Macleod, set in France; the Lewis Trilogy (The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man, and The Chessmen), all three volumes of which were internationally bestselling novels; and the award-winning China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell.
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.
"The last book in this series, and it ends Macleod's quest with a flourish."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
"May expertly plants nicely misleading red herrings; every time the reader thinks the plot will fall into predictability, the ground shifts and the direction changes. The end comes as a satisfying surprise, built as it is on clues that were subtly in place all along."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A totally engrossing thriller . . . Peter May's name on the cover practically guarantees a first-class reading experience. This book comes together in a satisfying way . . . with a great deal of exciting action. Enjoy the ride."—Deadly Pleasures Magazine
"The loose strings of Enzo's personal and professional life are neatly tied together at the story's end, and his compelling character, with all of his strengths and weaknesses, will be missed. Bonne chance, Enzo. Recommended for tartan noir fans, including the works of Christopher Brookmyre and Stuart MacBride, not to mention Enzo's personal favorite, Val McDermid."
"Enzo is an irascible, complex protagonist, with more than his share of personal loss, often masked by bravado. This is the sixth and final book in May's gripping series-and one of the best."—Library Journal
"Cast Iron is shot through with the dark legacy of the past."
"Even though this book is the end of a monumental series, it is still one that is strong, frightening, and can stand alone. Although, if you skip the other tales of Enzo, you will be missing out on a tremendous amount of incredible writing and an unforgettable character."
"Peter May has written a suspenseful and detailed story with a plethora of suspects."
—New York Journal of Books
Praise for Peter May's The Enzo Files
"Oenophiles and fans of CBS's Cold Case will relish [The Critic] . . . a full-bodied, satisfying read."—Publishers Weekly on The Critic
"Rich with the traditions of this southern France winemaking region, this is a mystery with Gallic flavor to be savored."—Mystery Scene Magazine on The Critic
"A finely crafted and surprising mystery."—Kirkus Reviews
"Action-packed . . . [with] a thrilling denouement in the catacombs of Paris."—Entertainment Weekly on Extraordinary People
"Brisk and thrilling. . . the layers of complexity bode well for future installments."—The Baltimore Sun on Extraordinary People
"A fun and fascinating book."—The San Jose Mercury News on Extraordinary People
"A thoroughly engaging puzzle mystery."—Library Journal on Extraordinary People
"From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer"—Sophie Hannah, bestselling writer of The Monogram Murders
"Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
"The impressively rendered sense of place and the keen character ensigns author May has shown in his books set in the Hebrides and in China are rich in evidence in this novel...Plays out against sharply sketched scenes of Paris and Bordeaux in late fall. The last shall be best."—Kirkus Reviews