Cast Iron: Book summary and reviews of Cast Iron by Peter May

Cast Iron

An Enzo Macleod Investigation #6

by Peter May

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Cast Iron by Peter May
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2017
    400 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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The 6th and final book in Peter May's "Enzo Files" series

In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the west of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heat wave, a drought exposed her remains--bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime.

No one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone-cold case--the toughest of the seven he has been challenged to solve.

But when Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence surrounding Lucie's murder, he opens a Pandora's box that not only raises old ghosts but also endangers his entire family.

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"Starred Review. 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

"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." - Booklist

"Though some early scenes with Macleod's family seem extraneous, they tie perfectly to the surprising reveals that come in the book's swift second half. All this plays out against sharply sketched scenes of Paris and Bordeaux in late fall... The last shall be best." - Kirkus Reviews
"Peter May has written a suspenseful and detailed story with a plethora of suspects." - New York Journal of Books

"...Cast Iron is shot through with the dark legacy of the past." - The Guardian (UK)

"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." - Suspense Magazine

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Peter May Author Biography

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Peter May won the Scottish Young Journalist of the Year Award at the age of 21, and had his first novel published at 26. He then left journalism and became one of Scotland's most successful and prolific television dramatists. By the age of 30 he had created two major TV series, The Standard and Squadron, for the British television network, the BBC. He went on to gather more than 1000 TV credits in fifteen years, creating and writing major drama serials for both BBC and ITV in the UK: including the ground-breaking Gaelic serial Machair, which he also produced.

Returning now to novels, the six novels in his outstanding China Thrillers series have won critical acclaim. To research the series, Peter May makes annual trips to China. With an extraordinary network of contacts, he ...

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