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BBC Radio Drama - Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
Shetland’s author reveals why she is saying goodbye to her favourite character
By Ann Cleeves. I first went to Shetland more than 40 years ago. It was 30 years later that Raven Black, the first book, was published. For the theme of the novel, I needed a character who was an outsider, and so Jimmy Perez, the Fair Islander with the strange Spanish name and dark good looks, was created. If I were to interfere, that vision might become muddled and the finished product would be a strange hybrid, much less successful. From series three, the format moved away from self-contained adaptations to longer, six-episode original stories. These allowed plots and characters to develop and for some of the action to move away from the islands.
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Septuagenarian Magnus Tait is a loner in an area of Shetland where everyone seems to be a loner, despite the tight-knit community's insistence that everyone in it knows everyone else, and everything about them. Magnus Tait is developmentally disabled. Magnus Tait keeps a caged raven. Since his mother's death, Magnus hasn't had any friends, and half the town is convinced that he is guilty of an unsolved child murder from years back. So it isn't much of a surprise that, when precocious year-old newcomer Catherine Ross turns up dead after visiting the old man's crumbling farmhouse twice. Magnus Tait is the local peanut gallery's number one suspect, even if detective Jimmy Perez isn't convinced. Allegedly descended from a Spanish sailor shipwrecked during the Armada, brought up on an even more remote island, and divorced by his wife, Perez is a bit of a loner himself.