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The Frozen Dead

(Commandant Martin Servaz #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,897 ratings  ·  385 reviews
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 someth
Hardcover, 482 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published 2011)
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Jim Fonseca
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The action is set in southern France in the Pyrenees, bordering on Spain (where the author grew up). This is what I call an environmental novel. The high mountains and glaciers; the almost-constant snow, the cold, wind, freezing rain, fog – all are as important as any character in the novel. In that way the book reminds me of the importance of the environment in The Shipping News by Annie Proulx or in Snow by Orhan Pamuk. It’s the antithesis of a beach book -- this one is for a good winter read ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
In my attempt to explore more dark mysteries translated from another language, I stumbled upon French author, Bernard Minier. Bringing a new meaning to the word ‘noir mystery’, Minier uses his debut novel to delve into the depths of despair, stereotypical for literary pieces emanating from the author’s homeland. When a body is discovered dangling from a cliff, Commandant Martin Servaz is called to the scene. Much to his dismay, the body is that of a decapitated horse. Sure that someone has playe ...more
Krystin Rachel (Here's The Fucking Twist)
Well...there's 18 hours of my life I'm never getting back.

This motherfucker is DENSE.

Yes, the setting and atmosphere are A+ (frozen landscapes FTW), but everything else about this - the mystery, the characters, the plot, the climactic devices, the relationships - it was all bogged down in just so. many. fucking. words.

"But, Krystin, it's a book! Book are made with words!"


This was a very difficult read for me. I had to physically force myself to finish it.

And what a letdown, bec
The Shayne-Train
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I won't lie, there were times when I had a hard time with this book. I even came close to putting it down and moving on to something else once or twice.

"But Shayne," you say, "four stars means that you really liked it. Did you fucking forget how to properly rate a book?" No, I goddamn didn't, voice in my head. Let me explain.

This is not your usual page-turning mystery whodunnit summer-read blah blah. This book is dense, slow-building. The snow-covered mountains and lonely valleys the story inhab
Nhi Nguyễn
Nạn nhân đầu tiên là một con ngựa, bị chặt đầu và lột da, phần thân treo lên đỉnh của tòa cáp treo nằm cạnh nhà máy thủy điện thuộc sở hữu của tập đoàn Lombard trên đỉnh núi Pyrénées, Pháp (trong bản dịch tiếng Việt có lẽ người biên tập làm biếng đánh dấu sắc quá nên thành ra cái tên chỉ là Pyrenees, mà thế này thì chẳng phải là tên đúng của địa danh…). Tấm da đen của nó bay phần phật về hai bên như một tấm áo choàng. Khung cảnh khiếp sợ và tình trạng bị phá hủy của con ngựa đã làm tất cả mọi ng ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I had picked this book up literally at the check out counter of the library. Someone was returning it and I asked if I could get it. It says "Dead" right in the title. That's my alley kind of book. I know I'm MORBID! This was good, a little too long maybe? I don't know. I just thought the author was prolonging the end for some reason.
I have not been able to find a really good mystery thriller in quite sometime, so it was quite a pleasure to come across this book.

The story is mostly based around the life of Commandant Servez, a Toulouse city cop, who is investigating not only the murders of two men, but a very expensive horse as well. These crimes were heinous in nature and it seems to be of no coincidence that they are all happening in close proximity to the local asylum that houses some of the most dangerous criminally ill
Sandra Uv
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Casi perfecto. Ha sido una sorpresa y me ha maravillado. Ya tengo un comandante favorito: Servaz. ¡Necesito más!
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Hay libros para comentar y hay libros para ser leídos. Sobre los primeros se debate, se engordan con pies de página, se levantan grandes e interesantes — no siempre — aparatos críticos, se miran con lupa y, a veces, porque la lupa se agarra del revés, se alejan de la mirada, se distancian del público y quedan, entonces, como el goce exclusivo de unos pocos. Sobre los segundos, que uno asocia con la literatura de aeropuerto, el lector rebaja sus expectativas: son una versión desnatada de la liter ...more
Bronislava Sencakova
Napínavý príbeh z francúzskych Pyrenejí. Samé zvraty, trochu miš-maš, trochu klišé a cameo rola Slovenky Zuzky Smatanovej ako milý bonus pre čitateľa z našej podkarpatskej oblasti. (Možno autor pozná aj speváčku Zuzanu Smatanovú...)

Hudobné tipy:
Pár ich tam bolo :) Samotný Martin Servaz počúval Mahlera (podobne ako zloduch Julian Hirtman). Ale viac ma zaujal hudobný vkus Servazovho zástupcu Vincenta Espérandieua, napríklad som objavila túto pohodovku Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - The False
The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier Once in a while I land myself with a book that helps me in reassuring myself that all is well with crime writing and THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier was one of those. All along I have maintained that what I look for most in a Mystery or a thriller is the plot. Most of the times my ratings depend upon the pace and the tightness of the plot, and added to those two very important aspect, I also look for twists. Not someone to shy away from a generous offering, I ...more
Janette Fleming
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saint-Martin-de-Comminges is a small town nestled in the French Pyrenees. The kind of place where winters are harsh and unforgiving and where nothing ever happens.
Until the winter morning when a group of workers discover the headless, flayed body of a horse, hanging suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff.
On the same day 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 ba
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow wat een spannend boek. In een elektriciteitscentrale hoog in de Franse bergen wordt het dode paard van multimiljonair Eric Lombard aangetroffen, opgehangen in de hoge mast van een electriciteitscentrale. De rijke zakenman wil dat de politie alles op alles zet om de dader te achterhalen.
Kort daarna wordt het DNA van een veroordeelde seriemoordenaar aangetroffen bij het paard. Maar de seriemoordenaar, Julian Hirtmann, zit heel veilig opgesloten in een psychiatrische kliniek niet ver van de pl
Mráz šel hodně dlouho mimo mě, povrchně musím přiznat, že mě prostě nenalákaly obálky a neměla jsem tím tendenci zjišťovat víc. Pak jsem ale několikrát jela z práce s kolegyní, která mě vždycky s omluvou zazdila, že nemá doma čas číst a že potřebuje dočíst skvělou detektivku - Mráz. Tím to získalo moji pozornost a v průběhu vánočního volna na ni přišla řada.
Hodně se mi líbilo prostředí, ve kterém se děj odehrával. I Martin jako hlavní postava je mi sympatický, i když u nikoho nejdeme úplně do h
3 1/2
Me ha tenido enganchado y leyendo a cada rato que podía, pero el final es un poco..., demasiado "fantasioso", no es esa la palabra..., que el autor se vino arriba, vamos, un poco demasiado, como si ya estuviera pensando en vender los derechos para la película. En cualquier caso, sigo con el segundo de la serie.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanto tiempo resistiéndome y qué maravilla. Qué investigación más complicada y, a la vez, interesante. Ahora, junto a Thilliez y Grangé, pasa a formar parte de mis favoritos. :)
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
On the one hand, this book slightly annoys me. On the other, it was thrilling in many respects. The characters are pretty much well drawn. Though, there is a tendacy for the focus to be on the women's looks. The book also fails the Bechdel test. Yeah, I know it is for movies, but you can apply to books to. For instance, in this book there is Samira, a police woman who the reader is never allowed to forget has a beautiful body but an ugly face. She is also the only minority character in the book, ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Three and a half stars.

Bernard Minier's complex novel The Frozen Dead is a page turner. Its mystery starts with the grotesque murder of a horse and proceeds to a number of other murders of the human variety that seem to be connected. It is the job of Minier's stubborn detective Servaz and his team to place all of the clues together As you might imagine, Servaz is not necessarily thrilled to be assigned a killing of a horse as a homicide case but since the horse was the favorite steed of rich ind
Minier se neskrývaně inspiruje u Nesbøho, Purpurových řek či Hannibala. V některých ohledech to je k dobru věci a v některých ne. Co mu nelze upřít, je um vytvořit působivou atmosféru a dynamický čtivý styl. Naopak jeho postavy jsou pouhé jednorozměrné postavičky a zápletka je ve své snaze o šokující pointu až směšná, protože "kteří jsou pachateli, kdo je jejich komplic a proč" je jasné záhy. Obě výtky by nemusely být nutně ke škodě, ostatně i Nesbø má shodné problémy. Jenže... Jenže on s posta ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
A thoroughbred horse is found hanging from a cable car stationin a Pyrenees town, St Martin de Comminges and Commandant Martin Servaz is not happy to be sent from Toulouse to investigate, especially when he discovers that the horse belongs to Eric Lombard, one of the richest men in France. The mystery of how the horse got there begins to intrigue him as he realises it is probably just the start of something worse.

I was intrigued by the premise of this novel but the execution lets it down. The no
Tanja Berg
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of criminal fiction
Rating 4.4* / 5. This is the best crime novel I have read since "Before the fall" by Noah Hawley. Even the translation from French to English didn't bother me, so I'm glad about this particular choice.

A horse has been found strung up in the Pyrenees and since its owner is the well-known business man Eric Lombard, the police need to get involved. The Tolouse city cop Servaz hasn't gotten far into investigation of the horse business before the first person turns up dead. DNA found at the site poin
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cảm giác khi đọc Băng cũng giống như khi xem một bộ phim tâm lý hình sự gay cấn vậy, có nhiều đoạn khiến ta giật thót tim, hồi hộp đến nghẹt thở. Nhìn chung đây là một cuốn sách rất đáng đọc, nhất là vào dịp cuối tuần, vì có thể đọc liền tù tì một lúc. Sách cũng chứa khá nhiều kiến thức hay ho và thú vị, và còn một điểm cộng là dịch giả rất tâm huyết, chú thích hết sức đầy đủ, chi tiết. Mình tự để ý thấy, hễ là tiểu thuyết trinh thám hiện đại thì nhất định sẽ cầm chắc 3 sao của mình, 2 sao còn l ...more
Lubos Panda
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Detektivka Mráz mě příjemně překvapila. Bernard Minier umí udržet napětí jako Jo Nesbø, ale zároveň dokáže nahánět hrůzu jako Lars Kepler. Na rozdíl od zmíněných autorů není Minierův hlavní hrdina žádný robocop ani donjuan, ale obyčejný chybující chlap, který prostě dělá svoji práci. Příběh je tak dobře poskládaný, že jsem do poslední chvíle netušil, kdo je vrah. Kdyby se autor dokázal obejít bez nereálných "záchran" na poslední chvíli, bylo by to na 100% skóre. Každopádně vřele doporučuji všem ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bastante acción y un entorno sugestivo me han hecho muy entretenida esta primera entrega del capitán Servaz. Desarrollada en los Pirineos franceses, la policía y la gendarmería colaboran en una investigación sobre unos hechos bastante escabrosos. Me han gustado casi todos los personajes, aunque seguramente se verán mejor desarrollados en las sucesivas novelas de la serie: Servaz, su hija, su compañero, la esposa de su compañero, la gendarme, el rico, el ex juez... También me ha gustado la pizca ...more
Nápad a námět super, skvělá ukázka policejní práce, parádní průběh vyšetřování, napětí, zmatení čtenář všechno tahle kniha měla.
Audioknižní podoba na můj vkus ne úplně šťastně udělaná, jednotlivé linky se slévaly do jedné, než jste pochopili, že už nejste se Servazem, ale s Dianou v ústavu, proběhlo toho docela dost. Interpret se snad ani nenadechl, aby dějové linky nějak oddělil.
Není to audiokniha pro začátečníky, vyžaduje poměrně soustředění. Ale stojí za poslech, to zase nemohu popřít
Monika Havlasová
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super čtivá detektivka. Na mě už byl sice ten závěr trochu překombinovaný, ale jinak mě to vážně bavilo. A díky za detektiva, který se konečně nechová jako úplný blbec, neleze sám do nebezpečných situací (aspoň většinou) a má taky někdy strach :)
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nakonec to byla ta jediná osoba, která mě vůbec nenapadla. Huh. Asi nejvíce mě fascinoval Vincent Espérandieu, Servazův nejlepší přítel a zástupce. Ta prapodivná kombinace Servaz/Charlène/Espérandieu/tajemný milenec mi bude ležet v hlavě hodně dlouho.
Agnieszka Kalus
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cztery minus. Trochę przegadana; zakończenie rozciągnięte do granic możliwości, a Pani psycholog Diane to ograniczona idiotka. Ale nie zaprzeczę - książka wciąga jak cholera.
Marianne Søiland
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For en krimdebut! Jeg har funnet en ny favoritt i kriminalførstebetjent Servaz og en solid forfatter i Minier. Skulle ikke trodd at denne 632 siders mursteinen med teaser til bok 2 er debutboka hans!
Vanessa Loockx
Jun 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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