The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier

Publication date: 01 Aug 2013. Mulholland Books. Translated by Alison Anderson.

Bernard Minier grew up at the foot of the Pyrenees. He has received several awards for his short stories. The Frozen Dead, originally titled Glacé (2011), is his first crime novel.

The blurb reads: The first victim is a horse: its headless body hangs suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff. On the same day as the gruesome discovery, a young psychiatrist starts her first job at a secure asylum for the criminally insane, just a few miles away. Commandant Servaz, a Toulouse city cop, can’t believe he has been called out over the death of an animal. But there is something disturbing about this crime that he cannot ignore. Then DNA from one of the most notorious inmates of the asylum is found on the corpse… and a few days later the first murder takes place. In this snowbound valley, deep in the Pyrenees, a dark story of madness and revenge is unfolding. It will take all of Servaz’s skill to solve it.

You can read my previous post Glacé – Frozen.

His second novel El círculo, originally titled Le Cercle (2012), has just been released in Spain. (Roca editorial).

Just wonder if we won’t speak soon of a Pyrenees Noir. After all Adamsberg was born there.

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