Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month, August 2015
The wronged do not rest in peace
Marsac is a quiet town in the Pyrenees, best known for its elite university. But when one of the professors is found drowned in her bath, it becomes clear that the tranquil surface is a lie.
The chief suspect is the son of Commandant Servaz's university sweetheart; and when she implores him to investigate, he cannot refuse.
To close the case, Servaz must delve into his own past and re-open old wounds. It will be his most dangerous - and his most personal - investigation yet.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 197 x 168 x 30 mm
Two years ago I reviewed Minier's debut crime novel, The Frozen Dead, which was quite exceptional. This, his second, is every bit its equal...The sense of creeping dread is viciously sharp and painful * Daily Mail *
Over the past few years, France has produced some of Europe's most striking and original crime novelists. Bernard Minier is up there with the best * Sunday Times, crime book of the month *
You'll find you cannot stop imbibing this vintage crime thriller * Express *
Shows his mastery of the creepy set-up...The Russian nesting doll of a plot is perfectly executed and delivers two genuine gut punches at the end. * Publishers Weekly *
Minier delivers yet another absorbing thriller that will keep readers guessing until the final shocking pages. Set in southern France, this satisfying read will entice fans of dark, gritty Scandinavian thrillers who will find Martin Servaz reminiscent of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole * Library Journal *