The frozen dead / Bernard Minier ; translated by Alison Anderson.

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    • Publication Information:
      First U.S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "In a snowbound valley, deep in the French Pyrenees, a dark story of madness and revenge is unfolding. The first victim is a horse: its headless, flayed body hangs suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff. On the same day as the gruesome discovery takes place, Diane Berg, a young psychiatrist starts her first job at a high security asylum for the criminally insane, just a few miles away. She is baffled by the slightly unorthodox methods the asylum's director uses, and then greatly alarmed when she realizes that drugs are disappearing from within the fortified institution while someone seems to be slipping out at night. Commandant Martin Servaz, a charismatic, Toulouse city cop fond of quoting Latin, 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, a highly intelligent former prosecutor who is accused of killing and raping several women, is found on the corpse... and a few days later the first human murder takes place. Servaz and his colleague, the mysterious Irene Ziegler, must use all their skill to solve the terrifying mystery"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      "First published in France as Glacé by XO Éditions.
      Translation of: Glacé.
    • Other Titles:
      Glacé. English
    • ISBN:
      9781250045539 (hardback)
      1250045533 (hardback)
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MINIER, B. The frozen dead. First U.S. edition. [s. l.]: Minotaur Books, 2014. ISBN 9781250045539. Disponível em: Acesso em: 2 abr. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Minier B. The Frozen Dead. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books; 2014. Accessed April 2, 2020.
    • APA:
      Minier, B. (2014). The frozen dead (First U.S. edition.). Minotaur Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Minier, Bernard. 2014. The Frozen Dead. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books.
    • Harvard:
      Minier, B. (2014) The frozen dead. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books. Available at: (Accessed: 2 April 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Minier, B 2014, The frozen dead, First U.S. edition., Minotaur Books, viewed 2 April 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Minier, Bernard. The Frozen Dead. First U.S. edition., Minotaur Books, 2014. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Minier, Bernard. The Frozen Dead. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books, 2014.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Minier B. The frozen dead [Internet]. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books; 2014 [cited 2020 Apr 2]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2014 May #2

*Starred Review* Commandant Servaz, a top-notch investigator for the city of Toulouse, France, at the foot of the Pyrenees, relies more on his gut than on science. Servaz is annoyed when he is called away from an investigation to a new crime scene at the hydroelectric plant of Arruns, so high above sea level that the only way to reach it is by cable car. A beheaded body is hung on the upper deck; it is not a human body, however, but rather that of a Thoroughbred horse. This disturbing scene only gets more disturbing when the DNA of an inmate at Institute Wargnier, the nearby psychiatric prison, is found on the horse. This case gets priority as the horse belonged to Eric Lombard, CEO of a multinational company and member of a very influential family with strong political ties to the area. In a parallel story, Diane Berg, a new psychologist, has arrived at the institute and is not entirely welcome, especially after she uncovers flagrant mistreatment of the prisoners. The pervasiveness of evil in this tense and disturbing novel makes for very compelling reading, with the suspense bordering on horror. It should appeal to those who enjoyed Pierre Lemaitre's Alex (2013) as well as the edgier Scandinavian thrillers. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2014 June #1

Set in the French Pyrenees, Minier's debut thriller introduces Commandant Martin Servaz of the Toulouse police, who has been called to the scene of an unusual and brutal crime. The prized yearling of a local wealthy businessman has been decapitated, and its headless corpse is found hanging from cables suspended near the cable car terminus on a mountain peak. Servaz reluctantly begins his investigation and finds, shortly thereafter, the DNA of a notorious murderer on the horse's body. This lead is baffling as this killer is currently incarcerated in a nearby asylum for the criminally insane. A few days later, a chemist in a neighboring town is found horribly murdered with the same improbable DNA found on the scene. Servaz and his team rush to piece together the dark and twisted story of wealth, sex, and revenge in order to head off a ruthless murderer. VERDICT 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. Thriller and crime fiction fans will have a hard time putting this mix of police procedural and psychological thriller down.—Madeline Solien, Deerfield P.L., IL

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PW Reviews 2014 May #4

French author Minier's assured debut adroitly combines a genuinely creepy series of crimes, a literally chilling atmosphere, and a dogged detective. Commandant Martin Servaz, of the regional crime unit in Toulouse, is annoyed to be pulled off the sadistic murder of a homeless man for a case that doesn't even involve homicide. The mutilated and beheaded corpse of a horse was left suspended at a cable car terminus, terrifying the workers at a water power plant that the tram services. The horse belonged to ultrawealthy Eric Lombard, who owns the plant and has companies all around the world, as well as friends in high places. A nearby psychiatric institution specializes in the treatment of extremely dangerous murderers, including a Hannibal Lecter–like sociopath, but the asylum's security measures make it impossible for any of the patients to escape. Minier's execution equals his considerable cleverness. (Aug.)

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