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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444732269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444732269
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernard Minier grew up at the foot of the Pyrenees. He has received several awards for his short stories, and THE FROZEN DEAD is his first crime novel.

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A publishing sensation in France, where it's rushed up the bestseller lists, this is Minier's first crime novel and this translation justifies its vast French reputation...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)

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)

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When it comes to crime, France is the new Scandinavia - an isolated, snow-bound valley and a series of strange murders set the scene in this gripping French besteller.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wordparty on 5 Feb 2014
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I did not find this book nearly as good as I'd expected from the reviews. The narrative style was anything but concise and was laced with cliches - phrases like "she shot him a glance" - and clumsy expressions like "her face was a portrait of stupefaction," or "it can't be, cried his brain!". And if you are translating a book from French and it is set in the Pyrenees and you refer to the police as the "gendarmerie," then to use British slang expressions like "a bent copper" and "truckloads of blokes" etc. just sounds, well, wrong.
As for the plot, i know a crime novel isn't real life, but there has to be some realism within it, and the idea of an asylum/prison for the most dangerous psychopaths in France being run by a nutty professor who uses electric shocks as punishments for the inmates just didn't work for me. The other characters - with their velvet jackets and thigh-high red vinyl boots were pretty unbelievable too.
Perhaps the book improves, but I could get beyond about a quarter of it before giving up
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A gripping read. I'm a big fan of crime novels and have been looking for something new to get into since going through the Harry Bosch books (Michael Connelly) and the Harry Hole ones (Jo Nesbo).

I was hooked from the first two pages. You can instantly tell the writer is very skilled and the story that slowly unfolds is as thrilling as any I have read. I hope this wasn't a one-off foray into crime thrillers for Bernard Minier. I'm off to find out...
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By Brian Evans on 11 July 2014
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One of the most exiting and thrilling books I have ready for a long time. With limited time for reading it does make the excitement last longer. Great Story.
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By Annette on 5 Mar 2014
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A brilliant read, keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Atmospheric and scary. Can't wait for next book by this author
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By Ewan Morrison on 23 Nov 2013
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Loved this book. Saw a review of it in the national papers. Very happy to read more from this author.
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By D. V. Heaney on 3 Nov 2013
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Fantastic book kept me occupied for 2 days.
Good story line.
I hope this author writes some more.
The best book I have read this year.
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Exceptional setting, superb characterisation. This is the best crime novel since "The Girl with the Dragon tattoo" Deserves to be filmed, which I am sure it will be. Destined for cult status.
The dead horse was the first, but not the last....just what is he dark secret of the little town in the Pyrenees?
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By showdog on 16 Oct 2013
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I enjoyed this book very much, a bit of the Hannibal Lecter about it, for that reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend it for a holiday read.
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