Peter May is the multi award-winning author of the internationally bestsellingLewis Trilogyset in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland; The China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell; the critically acclaimedEnzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France; and several standalone thrillers. He has also had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.
One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on primetime British television drama. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.
His novels have a large following in France. He is the recipient of seven French literature awards for his books.After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, the first of the Lewis Trilogy — The Blackhouse — was published in France as L'Ile des chasseurs d'oiseaux where it was hailed as "a masterpiece" by the French national newspaper L'Humanité. It was published in English by the award-winning Quercus (a relatively young publishing house which did not exist when the book was first presented to British publishers). The Blackhouse, the first book in the Lewis Trilogy went on to become an international best seller.
Born and raised in Scotland, he now lives in France.