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The Frozen Dead (Commandant Servaz Book 1) by [Minier, Bernard]
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Book 1 of 2 in Commandant Servaz (2 Book Series)
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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
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"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
""Revenge is at the heart of this clever mystery, which involves a plot as cold-blooded as the slaying of the horse"--"Sunday Times"

"An enjoyable and fast-paced thriller."--"Sunday Business Post
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"Chilling."--"Elle" "The writing is razor sharp and nothing goes to waste. Enough to make other authors jealous." --"Femme Actuelle

""Remember the name Bernard Minier... he might well take his place among the masters of French thriller writers." "--Le Figaro

"""The Frozen Dead" is a boiling-hot success." --"Le Point"

"Bernard Minier's "The Frozen Dead" is 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 "Children of the Revolution" and "Watching the Dark""The pervasiveness of evil in this tense and disturbing novel makes for very compelling reading, with the suspense bordering on horror."--"Booklist (starred review)""Minier's assured debut adroitly combines a genuinely creepy series of crimes, a literally chilling atmosphere, and a dogged detective. Minier's execution equals his considerable cleverness.--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

"Minier...exploits the unusual setting exceptionally well...an absorbing effort.... A high-altitude thriller, this novel is a great summer read for more than the usual reasons."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Complex, fast-paced, and completely absorbing, Minier's wickedly plotted mystery has already been published in numerous languages and found a place on international best sellers lists."--"Library Journal "

"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
"
"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
""Revenge is at the heart of this clever mystery, which involves a plot as cold-blooded as the slaying of the horse"--"Sunday Times"

"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
""Remember the name Bernard Minier... he might well take his place among the masters of French thriller writers." "--Le Figaro
"""The Frozen Dead" is a boiling-hot success." --"Le Point"

Bernard Minier's "The Frozen Dead" is 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 Children of the Revolution and Watching the Dark"

The pervasiveness of evil in this tense and disturbing novel makes for very compelling reading, with the suspense bordering on horror. "Booklist (starred review)"

Minier's assured debut adroitly combines a genuinely creepy series of crimes, a literally chilling atmosphere, and a dogged detective. Minier's execution equals his considerable cleverness. "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Minier...exploits the unusual setting exceptionally well...an absorbing effort.... A high-altitude thriller, this novel is a great summer read for more than the usual reasons. "Kirkus Reviews"

Complex, fast-paced, and completely absorbing, Minier's wickedly plotted mystery has already been published in numerous languages and found a place on international best sellers lists. "Library Journal"

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"

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"

Revenge is at the heart of this clever mystery, which involves a plot as cold-blooded as the slaying of the horse "Sunday Times"

An enjoyable and fast-paced thriller. "Sunday Business Post"

The writing is razor sharp and nothing goes to waste. Enough to make other authors jealous. "Femme Actuelle"

Remember the name Bernard Minier... he might well take his place among the masters of French thriller writers. "Le Figaro"

"The Frozen Dead" is a boiling-hot success. "Le Point"

Chilling. "Elle""

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1666 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444732250
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2UUOJ8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
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By Rhoswen TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2015
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An action thriller in which the best written scenes are those concerning headless things being hung up high in full view.

As the plot unfolds it becomes apparent these butchery displays are a direct threat to some of the richest, most powerful citizens. It's up to Commandant Servaz to investigate. Will he find the perpetrator and solve the why and wherefore before time runs out and the carnage escalates?.

Servaz is a reluctant participant in the investigation and grows into something of an 'all action anti-hero'. A tough man, bruised and battered by life, he spends most of his time driving dangerously at incredible speeds or being harmed by sadistic criminals. No matter what Servaz goes through, and he goes through a lot!, the Commandant never misses a beat and is always there to chase down the clues and the villains.

It is a bit predictable but there's a decent story here and the ending is reasonably well worked. Don't expect answers to your questions or for the loose ends to be tied up because you'll be disappointed.

If you enjoy fast, quick to read crime thrillers with plenty of gore then you might enjoy this novel. I'm leaving 4* because the opening chapters, and other bits and pieces, showed promise.
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By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Dec. 2015
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An extraordinary and gruesome sight awaits the unsuspecting team of Swiss hydro-electric power workers as they exit from their cable car onto an exposed mountainside platform. As further murders occur, suspicion falls on the nearby Wargnier Psychiatric Institute which incarcerates some of the most notorious criminally insane prisoners in Europe, not least the cunning psychopath Julian Hirtmann. Yet, when Commandant Servaz visits the grim Institute with his colleagues the security seems too tight for anyone to escape, let alone return between crimes. Meanwhile, the emotionally vulnerable young psychologist Diane Berg, who seems quite unsuited to her temporary post at the Institute, begins to collect disturbing evidence which places her in danger but which she has a tantalising reluctance to share with the police.

In this debut thriller which made his name in France, Bernard Minier is good at conveying a sense of the oppressive, sinister beauty of remote Swiss valleys under the pressure of unrelenting snow blizzards with at least one unknown killer on the loose. In a page-turning plot, well-controlled despite its many twists, he is good at creating a sense of suspense and tension, although too often a dramatic scene comes to nothing. One could argue this is realistic, except that many aspects of the intrigue are very far-fetched.

Some of the characters are quite well-developed, but they are in the main clichéd, with Servaz a likeable but somewhat formulaic sleuth. He has the usual dysfunctional family life, a wife driven away by his over-dedication to work, apparent appeal to beautiful women without having to make any effort, and an incongruous erudite streak in his penchant for voicing Latin quotations with the Classics as light reading.
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A young psychiatrist, Dr..Diane Berg, is travelling to work at the Charles Wargnier Institute for Forensic Psychiatry. She arrives to find that Dr. Wargnier is no longer in charge, but a Dr. Xavier. She discovers that only the most dangerous criminals are confined in the gloomy building some distance away from the village of Saint Martin.

Also arriving in the village is Commandant Martin Servaz, from Toulouse, who has been sent to investigate the death of a horse. He is not pleased with the job he has been given. He finds the village dismal, isolated and uninviting surrounded by Pyrenean mountains. Even the weather is poor. At this time of year the tourists have left giving the place an even more desolate feel.

As Servaz is investigating the finding of a horse's corpse at the head of the local mountain railway a murder occurs and he find himself facing a series of deaths and contact with Eric Lombard, a wealthy businessman, whose chateau and riding academy is in the village. Servaz has to solve the murders with few clues and needing help from any source. As the complex investigation he finds himself in danger.

Dr.Berg working at the institute finds they use unorthodox treatments and an intimidating and sinister atmosphere prevails. She feels isolated and afraid, but decides to make her own investigation into the running of the institute and its dangerous inmates, especially the most dangerous man Hirtmann. Unknowingly placing herself in a deadly situation.

Although a lengthy novel it is well written and contains sufficient mystery and sinister events to hold the reader's attention. Excellent descriptions (some rather graphic) of the happenings and of the magnificent Pyrenean mountains and forests all add to the story.

A novel well worth reading and is recommended.
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What attracted me to this book? "A publishing sensation in France ... rushed up the bestseller lists ... Minier's first crime novel & this translation justifies its vast French reputation." "Enough to make other authors jealous." (Femme Actuelle) " ... a boiling hot success." (Le Point) "Bernard Minier ... might well take his place among the masters of French thrillers" (Le Figaro). So just my tasse de the, then. How could I be taken in by publishers' puff? At my age, too. Serves me right!
Let me say straight off that I read this "thriller" in (English) translation: so some at least of my ire is quite possibly due to the quality of the translation The title in French is simply "Glace" (i.e. frozen). Why then does the translator choose to render it as "The Frozen Dead"? And how much more of the horribly over-wrought writing is down to the translator rather than the author? I suspect the answer is more than a bit (though I have not -yet- gone back to the original French text). For example, the term "juge d'instruction" does not translate as "judge " (or even as "young judge") as the English text puts it. Nor does "notaire" translate as "solicitor". You may, correctly, say neither of those terms has any exactly corresponding concept in either English or Scottish jurisprudence. But then surely the correct thing to do would be to leave the French terms un-translated? This is the choice taken, for example, in the case of "cirque". But I much doubt that the whole blame can be passed off on the translation. I assume that a thought described as "sharp as an icicle in the moonlight" is a straight piece of translation.
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