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The brand-new thriller from the number one Sunday Times best seller.

In a sleepy French village, the body of a man shot through the head is disinterred by the roots of a fallen tree. A week later a famous art critic is viciously murdered in a nearby house. The deaths occurred more than 70 years apart. 

Asked by a colleague to inspect the site of the former, forensics expert Enzo Macleod quickly finds himself embroiled in the investigation of the latter. Two extraordinary narratives are set in train - one historical, unfolding in the treacherous wartime years of occupied France, the other contemporary, set in the autumn of 2020 as France re-enters Covid lockdown.

And Enzo's investigations reveal an unexpected link between the murders - the Mona Lisa.

Tasked by the exiled General Charles de Gaulle to keep the world's most famous painting out of Nazi hands after the fall of France in 1940, 28-year-old Georgette Pignal finds herself swept along by the tide of history. Following in the wake of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa as it is moved from château to château by the Louvre, she finds herself just one step ahead of two German art experts sent to steal it for rival patrons - Hitler and Göring.

What none of them know is that the Louvre itself has taken exceptional measures to keep the painting safe, unwittingly setting in train a fatal sequence of events extending over seven decades.

Events that have led to both killings.

The Night Gate spans three generations, taking us from war-torn London, the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Berlin and Vichy France, to the deadly enemy facing the world in 2020. In his latest novel, Peter May shows why he is one of the great contemporary writers of crime fiction.

©2021 Peter May (P)2021 Quercus Editions Limited

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"A terrific writer." (Mark Billingham)

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Absorbing till the end

Wow I loved it from start to finish. Has to replay some parts when I got lost with the characters, but I do that with every book. Wanted it to finish but I didn’t want it to either. Where to now for me and Enzo now ?

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Interesting perspective

I love the subject matter that Peter May has chosen to write this book. It held my interest with every word. He teased the listener with small yet unexpected twists with Dickensian links in the story. Perfectamundo

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Terrific yarn

I love art and historical fiction, and this had a bit of both. Add in some quaint French towns that you will want to visit and immerse yourself in a complex well told “who done it” that captivated me to the very end.

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Superb settings

I am familar with his Outer Hebrides books and was attracted to this one, despite it being the last of the Enzo Mcleod series, by it having a substantial section set in Lewis, as well as southern France. Was not disappointed and I enjoyed the very detailed verisimiltudes of the settings, which some readers found frustrating. Cold case plot of WW2 France and efforts to save the Mona Lisa from the Nazis, complemented by the current day artworld skullduggery. Didn´t quite get fully engaged with the characters but it did not stop me ordering the first of the Enzo series (which I am thoroughly enjoying by the way)

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The story you have to listen to

This book as the best book I have listened to in a long long time, again Peter May has incredible ailities in his writing of books and is very well complemented by Peter Forbes narration of the book.

I am looking forward to more of his books

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The wait is over - or just beginning again!

Thank you! Thank you Peter May for another beguiling Enzo McCloud mystery. How I've missed the dry sense of humour, the enigmatic adventures and romps through the French countryside. I really enjoy the well researched information included in the story. This latest book did not disappoint at all! But now I have to wait another year for (hopefully) another tome. I promise to wait patiently!!

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Awesome narration

Love the narration wonderfully Scottish and this time with a fair few French place names dropped in. Multi layered story set in different decades. Was it written last year? Seems like now ... like yesterday. Awesome read worth it - thank you.

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Great read excellent narration

Well written story with well rounded characters . The narration was superbly done
My only complaint is regarding outdated concepts . In 2021 do we really need such statements as ‘the female doctor ‘ ?? Should have been picked up by the editor if not the author it added nothing to the narrative.

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always enjoyable

You can be sure of this author to write a good story. always plenty going on to keep you interested. narration excellent. listened to many of his books and always enjoy them.

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  • g hart
  • 21-03-2021

Slightly disappointed

I absolutely loved the Enzo series of books. He was always such a real complex character, flawed but never disappointing. Although it was nice to revisit ex wives, girl friends, characters from the past I found Enzo a lessor being this time as though the writer has quite forgotten exactly who he is. The story line was interesting however the whole book has left me feeling disappointed. Clearly I wanted more than Peter May is willing to give.

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  • Margret
  • 24-03-2021

Another gripping bestseller

The story is gorgeous. I loved to be in two periods at a time. Wonderfully written and narrated. But are we really sure this is the last Enzo? H
we doesn't say so and I hope not!

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  • cheryl sheil
  • 27-03-2021

storytelling at it's best

This was a great story spanning the decades from WW2 to the present time. Brilliantly written with believable characterisation and a complex but beautifully crafted storyline. Peter Forbes, the narrator, has a lovely soothing voice and always narrates May's books very well. He certainly had his work cut out for him, narrating many different accents with ease. Would recommend.

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  • Mags
  • 25-03-2021

A real page Turner

First time I have read any of Peter Mays’s work. I shall be reading/ listening to many more. Great story well read loved it

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  • Ann
  • 25-03-2021

EXCEPTIONAL...AS USUAL

I'm so happy Peter May decided to continue the story of Enzo MacLoud...
beautifully performed by Peter Forbes, as usual...I'm living in hope this is not the last of Enzo

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  • Maggi Sale
  • 25-03-2021

Exceptional.

A wonderful story spanning my lifetime in time, place and experience. Thank goodness it is available in Audible as, not only was the clear Scottish voice, music to my failing ears, but my 77 year old eyes would never have coped with the reading of it. And I would have been the poorer for that! Mair power tae yer elbow Peter! Keep them coming. A'ho 🌿🙏🌿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿💖💚💚💚

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  • Mick
  • 31-03-2021

Welcome back Enzo !

A highly enjoyable story set in France. A mix of historical fiction and modern detective story. For those that are wondering, this book could be read as a standalone, and would be an excellent introduction to Peter May, however reference is given to the outcomes of the earlier books in the Enzo series and so I would firmly recommend reading all the Enzo books in sequence. You can then look forward to this excellent addition to the set. Peter Forbes narration is excellent as usual with his blend of Scottish and French accents.

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  • Kenn Harrower
  • 29-03-2021

Really good story.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am amazed that Enzo has survived this long! My thought's returned to the TV series 'allo 'allo from time to time while listening. My favourite narrator for Enzo was Simon Vance however Peter Forbes presented the narrative extremely well. With a chapter set in Lewis it brought back memories of the Black House.

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  • David
  • 29-03-2021

Disjointed

Too disjointed to stick with it. Despaired of trying to cobble together a coherent story.

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  • Samantha Moss
  • 27-03-2021

excellent

Another excellent book by Peter May. Definitely one of my favourites. I was hooked from start to finish

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