The island pictures above is An Sgeir (pronounced An Skeer). The island is about 30 miles north of the Isle of Lewis, which is part of The Outer Hebrides, located off the northwest coast of Scotland. It is the home of 30,000 Gannets (Guga) of which 2,000 of the young are harvested each year by the men of Lewis. (See photos here.) The tradition goes back 400 years and is one of the center pieces of Book 35 for 2012 Peter May’s The Black House.
Fin MacLeod, grew up on the Isle of Lewis and couldn’t wait to leave when he turned eighteen. Now many years later MacLeod is an Edinburgh detective, with a loveless marriage that is crumbling due to the death of his only son. MacLeod is sent to Lewis to aid in the solving of a grisly murder that resembles a murder he has investigated in Edinburgh. But when he gets there he has to not only hunt the murderer but also face his own past!