The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier
The corpse of a horse is discovered on a mountaintop arranged in a very strange way. The only way to access the scaffold the horse is placed on is by cable car, but neither of the guards on duty at the water power plant owning the cable car heard it move. Since the horse was a favorite of a very wealthy and prominent businessman law enforcement is forced to drop their other cases to work on this one. A few days after the horse incident a man is found murdered in a way reminiscent of the animal. Could the two be connected? Will there by more?
Commandant Martin Servaz is a sympathetic and smart man, very well drawn and likeable, as is the rest of his unit – you really want them to solve the case and hope that they all stay safe. There is also a storyline about an insane asylum for the criminally insane, the patients no other place wants, or can, hold and again the characters there are also well developed and as you read you keep wondering how it all ties together.
This is a great read for these cold snowy nights but there is no need to be concerned because this book is set in the French Pyrenees far from us and if the criminally insane (think Hannibal Lecter types) were to escape from their escape-proof asylum they would not be able to make it to us. This is a suspenseful well-constructed read that was wonderful on audiobook.