Saint-Martin-de-Comminges is a small town nestled in the French Pyrenees. The kind of place where winters are harsh and unforgiving and where nothing ever happens.
Until the winter morning when a group of workers discover the headless, flayed body of a horse, hanging suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff.
On the same day the gruesome discovery takes place, Diane Berg, a young psychiatrist starts her first job at a high-security asylum for the criminally insane, just a few miles away. She is baffled by the slightly unorthodox methods the asylum's director uses, and then greatly alarmed when she realizes that drugs are disappearing from within the fortified institution while someone seems to be slipping out at night.
Commandant Martin Servaz, a charismatic city cop from nearby Toulouse fond of quoting Latin, can't believe he has been called out over the death of an animal. But there's something disturbing about this crime that he can't ignore. Then DNA from one of the most notorious inmates of the asylum, a highly intelligent former prosecutor, accused of killing and raping several women, is found on the horse carcass . . . and a few days later the first human murder takes place. A dark story of madness and revenge seems to be unfolding.
Servaz and his colleague, the mysterious Irene Ziegler, must use all their skill to solve the terrifying mystery and best one of the most fiendish and clever opponents they could ever imagine.
BERNARD MINIER grew up in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. He had a career as a customs official before publishing his first novel, The Frozen Dead, in 2011. The novel has been translated into a dozen languages and has garnered critical acclaim as well as several literary prizes in France. Minier lives in the Essonne, south of Paris.
The Frozen Dead 4.8 out of 5based on
7 months ago
Very good. Kat
More than 1 year ago
Almost impossible to put down. Characters are well-drawn . Plot is complicated,but not overly so.
More than 1 year ago
Or magnificent. It was a publishing sensation in France and now I understand why. It is mesmerizing, not a false note with a combination of detection and psychological thriller, my favorite combination. And the translation is very good. Read it.
More than 1 year ago
Policeman Martin Servaz makes his way through and investigation that has so many twists and turns he does not know what to think. The story takes place in the cold Pyrenees Mountains on the border between France and Spain.
When you begin to read this book you will become mesmerized and you won't be able to put it down. A great storyline and most interesting characters. A book you can not miss.
***I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review****
“Iran’s stormy history is the atmospheric backdrop for Ausma Zehanat Khan’s Among the Ruins, the
third book in her exceptional series featuring Esa Khattak…The story takes on the air of a James Bond movie, including an explosive finale on the ...
Inspector Green explores a web of betrayal and deceit. In the dead of night, the
phone rings in the missing persons unit of the Ottawa Police. A brutal blizzard is howling, and a wealthy social activist has not heard from ...
In the sleepy British seaside town of Broadchurch, Detective Ellie Miller has just returned from
vacation, only to learn that she's been passed over for a promotion at work in favor of outsider Alec Hardy. He, escaping the spectacular failure ...
Hand Drawings artwork, patterns, and designs permeate the story of Charles Dickens Disney Christmas Carol,
Dreamworks Polar Express, Shrek The Halls and Frozen. These images are ideal for adding your own brand of colour and style. Perfect for cultivating creativity, ...
Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi, in disgrace and exiled from Cardiff to the deep heart of
rural Wales, is called to the discovery of a human skeleton at a remote site in the hills during excavation work for a new wind ...
Private eye Ron Shade and news reporter Alex St. James nearly ran into each other
in the final chapters of their respective adventures, A Final Judgment and Deadly Interest. Little did they know that their chance encounter would place them ...
A riveting, sharply observed and thoroughly modern police procedural, Dead to Me features a stellar
but unlikely female detective team.Detective Constable Janet Scott is subtle and reliable, a diplomatic thinker with a wry sense of humor. She's put in the ...
Ann Cleeves returns to her critically acclaimed Shetland Island series with this stunning mystery featuring
Inspector Jimmy Perez, who readers will remember from Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, and Blue Lightning. When the body of a journalist is found, ...