An isolated, snow-bound valley and a series of strange murders set the scene in this gripping French bestseller.
Saint-Martin-de-Comminges is a small town nestled in the Pyrenees. The kind of place where nothing happens. Until the winter morning when a group of workers discover the headless body of a horse, hanging suspended from a frozen cliff. Toulouse city cop Commandant Servaz can't believe he's been told to investigate the death of an animal. But there's something disturbing about the crime he can't ignore.
Then DNA from one of the most notorious inmates of a nearby asylum is found on the horse's body... and a few days later the first murder takes place.
Madness and revenge are stirring in the snowbound valley, and Servaz must uncover the town's dark secret before the killer strikes again.
Revenge is at the heart of this clever mystery, which involves a plot as cold-blooded as the slaying of the horse. - Sunday Times
This densely written and very atmospheric thriller is Minier's first novel. It has been a bestseller in France and, in this well-translated English edition, deserves to be one here. - Literary Review
An enjoyable and fast-paced thriller. - Sunday Business Post
Chilling. - Elle
The writing is razor sharp and nothing goes to waste. Enough to make other authors jealous. - Femme Actuelle
The Frozen Dead is a boiling-hot success. - Le Point
Remember the name Bernard Minier... he might well take his places among the masters of French thrillers. - Le Figaro
Bernard Minier grew up in south-west France and spent a happy childhood in the foothills of the Pyrenees before going to university in Toulouse, the town where Servaz is a policeman. He currently lives near Paris. He has received several awards for his short stories. All three novels in the Servaz series, THE FROZEN DEAD, A SONG FOR DROWNED SOULS and DON'T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS, have been bestsellers in France, and his writing has been translated into German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Russian and Hungarian as well as English. He has twice won the prestigious Prix Polar at the Cognac Crime Festival.