By Bernard Minier
Publisher: Minotaur Book
Pub. Date: August 12, 2014
Rating: 3 & 1/2 out of 5 stars
The Frozen Dead continues with these two narratives, switching from one to the other. Yet Diane's viewpoint is second fiddle to Servaz's and we spend most of the time "watching the detective", to quote a song by Elvis Costello. This is a wise move since Martin Servaz is easily the most dimensional and interesting character in the book. He comes with his own baggage and a heightened sense of perception that rivals those of other fictional detectives. For the most part this is a riveting two-thirds of a novel. Yet at that point there develops too many false leads and too many coincidences to justify the somewhat disappointing conclusion. In a way Bernard Minier may be the French Harlan Coben in that he starts out like gangbusters and then pulls together too many improbable events at the end to warrant the "suspension of disbelief" that is often necessary in a good thriller. However he does have a gift for description that really puts the reader into the time and place of the story.
Overall, this is a nice introduction to a writer that has all the skills and hooks to become an exceptional mystery author. Despite a not-so-exceptional ending, I do recommend this novel and advise that you keep an eye out for this author in the future.