A woman drowned in her own bath... a dog breeder killed by his own animals... why is murder stalking a quiet university town? Commandant Servaz must find out, in the new novel from international bestseller Bernard Minier.
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.
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 * These gothic horrors, reminiscent of an old back-and-white film - insane killers and sinister nursing staff - made Bernard Minier's The Frozen Dead a huge seller in France, and it's a thrilling read. * Sunday Times * With a villain possessing the intelligence of Thomas Harris's immortal Hannibal Lecter, this is great story-telling, with a creeping sense of dread that would not disgrace Stephen King at his best. * Daily Mail * A terrific thriller that will keep you up long past your bedtime. The French Pyrenees make a wonderfully atmospheric setting for this complex story of past crimes, madness and revenge. Servaz and Ziegler are a fascinating cop duo, and I hope to see more of them in the future. Excellent. -- Peter Robinson, author of the DCI Banks series Praise for THE FROZEN DEAD * . * Minier delivers yet another absorbing thriller that will keep readers guessing until the final shocking pages. Set in southern France, this satisfying read will entice fans of dark, gritty Scandinavian thrillers who will find Martin Servaz reminiscent of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole * Library Journal * Shows his mastery of the creepy set-up...The Russian nesting doll of a plot is perfectly executed and delivers two genuine gut punches at the end. * Publishers Weekly * You'll find you cannot stop imbibing this vintage crime thriller * Express * Over the past few years, France has produced some of Europe's most striking and original crime novelists. Bernard Minier is up there with the best * Sunday Times, crime book of the month * Two years ago I reviewed Minier's debut crime novel, The Frozen Dead, which was quite exceptional. This, his second, is every bit its equal...The sense of creeping dread is viciously sharp and painful * Daily Mail * Bernard Minier's second novel A SONG FOR DROWNED SOULS confirms his status in the forefront of crime fiction's French renaissance...A gripping read * The Times *