The Resource I'll keep you safe, Peter May

I'll keep you safe, Peter May

Label
I'll keep you safe
Title
I'll keep you safe
Statement of responsibility
Peter May
Title variation
I will keep you safe
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A thriller that alternates between the glamorous fashion world of Paris and the rugged beauty of the Isle of Harris in the Scottish Hebrides. When a fabric entrepreneur is killed in a car explosion in Paris, Niamh, his wife and business partner, becomes the prime suspect. The Parisian police continue to hound her when she returns to Harris to bury her husband's remains. After an attempt is made on her life, Niamh has to wonder if the motive is simply money, or something far more personal
Storyline
Tone
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Award
Loan Stars Favourites, 2018
Review
  • 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. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 1/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 9, p45)
  • This competent standalone from May (Coffin Road) takes Niamh and Ruaridh, a married couple who own a small cloth business on the Isle of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides, to Paris, where they plan to exhibit their woven tweed fabric at a high-fashion trade show. At their Paris hotel, Niamh confronts Ruaridh over what she thinks is his affair with Irina Vetrov, a Russian fashion designer. In the wake of their argument, Ruaridh storms out of their room and goes downstairs, where he meets Irina. The pair drive off in Irina’s car, which explodes in a ball of flame a short time later. Initially a prime suspect in Ruaridh’s murder, Niamh returns to the Hebrides, while the Paris police and their local Scottish counterparts pursue the killer. After an attempt on her life back home, Niamh parses her sometimes terrible memories of life on the Isle of Lewis and Harris to figure out the source of this threat. Vibrant details of the weaving trade, the Gaelic language, and Hebrides culture help compensate for a murder mystery with few surprises and a closing twist that’s telegraphed for miles. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/01/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 01, p)
  • A map of Scotland's Outer Hebrides and a list of Gaelic words opens this intriguing mystery. Ranish Tweed is a fledgling company with a spectacular product. A young Scottish couple, Niamh and Ruairidh, take their hand-woven tweed to Paris, but on the brink of their success, Niamh witnesses an explosion claiming the lives of Ruairidh and the designer with whom he may be having an affair. Terrorism or targeted murder? A Paris police officer with her own problems follows Niamh home to the Hebrides where she faces obstacles to her grief. Niamh's family is bitter about her marriage; his controlling mother is her difficult business partner. Her best friend offers support, but just like with the celebrated fashion designer who could make them famous, the relationship is challenging. Seamless shifts from past to present gradually reveal seeds of discontent. While the killer's identity is not hard to determine, there is a surprising twist that keeps the story riveting to its stormy conclusion. VERDICT May (The Blackhouse) excels in depicting the barren landscape of the Hebrides, with its sudden onslaughts of wind and rain, and portrays the deeply ingrained mannerisms of the island inhabitants with respect, effectively transporting readers to a remote location with a distinctive culture. --Gloria Drake (Reviewed 12/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 20, p70)
  • 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 richly 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. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10624052
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
May, Peter
Dewey number
813/.6
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maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Marriage
  • Tweed
  • Clothing trade
  • Fashion designers
  • Murder
  • Paris (France)
  • Hebrides (Scotland)
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I'll keep you safe, Peter May
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OverDrive eBook
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
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Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 366 pages)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781681440903
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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not applicable
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
72B3D8FC-D634-4744-91C0-73416BFB9863
System control number
(OCoLC)1026492541
Label
I'll keep you safe, Peter May
Link
Publication
Note
OverDrive eBook
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 366 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781681440903
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
map.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
72B3D8FC-D634-4744-91C0-73416BFB9863
System control number
(OCoLC)1026492541

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