Don't Turn Out the Lights
By Bernard Minier
When a woman finds a suicide note in her mailbox, she can't imagine that it has anything to do with her. And yet it signals the end of her own life... but who is her enemy? Only Commandant Martin Servaz can find out...
"You did nothing."
Christine Steinmeyer knows the suicide note she found in her mailbox on Christmas Eve has nothing to do with her. But the man calling in to her radio show seems convinced otherwise.
"You let her die..."
That's only the beginning. Bit by bit, her life is turned upside down. But who among her friends and family hates her enough to want to destroy her? And why?
Commandant Martin Servaz is on leave when he is sent a key card to a hotel room - the room where an artist committed suicide a year earlier. He soon uncovers evidence of a truly terrifying crime. Could someone really be cruelly, consciously hounding women to death?
Both he and Christine will find out...but it may not be in time.
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.
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03 Nov 2016
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A super-accelerated version of a Hitchcock thriller, with thrills and shocks on nearly every page...Minier reels out lurid, quick and dirty prose, dirty enough to blacken the fingers as we read — Spectator on Don't Turn Out the Lights
Minier keeps the suspense watertight and the whiplash-like twists coming...a powerful psychological thriller and one of the zippiest reads of the year. — Boston Globe on Don't Turn Out the Lights
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 on A Song for Drowned Souls
Bernard Minier's second novel A SONG FOR DROWNED SOULS confirms his status in the forefront of crime fiction's French renaissance...A gripping read — The Times
Minier delivers yet another absorbing thriller that will keep readers guessing until the final shocking pages...will entice fans of dark, gritty Scandinavian thrillers who will find Martin Servaz reminiscent of Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole — Library Journal on A Song for Drowned Souls
A publishing sensation in France, where it's rushed up the bestseller lists, this is Minier's first crime novel and this translation justifies its vast French reputation...With a villain possessing the intelligence of Thomas Harris's immortal Hannibal Lecter, this is great story-telling, with a creeping sense of dread that would not disgrace Stephen King at his best. — Daily Mail on The Frozen Dead