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.
Bernard Minier grew up in south-west France and spent a happy childhood in the foothills of the Pyrenees before going to university in Toulouse, the town where Servaz is a policeman. He currently lives near Paris. He has received several awards for his short stories. All three novels in the Servaz series, THE FROZEN DEAD, A SONG FOR DROWNED SOULS and DON'T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS, have been bestsellers in France, and his writing has been translated into German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Russian and Hungarian as well as English. He has twice won the prestigious Prix Polar at the Cognac Crime Festival.