Saint-Martin-de-Comminges is a small town nestled in the
French Pyrenees, the kind of place where winters are harsh and unforgiving and
where nothing ever happens—until the winter morning when a group of workers discover
the headless, flayed body of a horse, hanging suspended from the edge of a
On the same day the gruesome discovery takes place, Diane
Berg, a young psychiatrist starts her first job at a high-security asylum for
the criminally insane, just a few miles away. She is baffled by the slightly
unorthodox methods the asylum’s director uses, and then greatly alarmed when
she realizes that drugs are disappearing from within the fortified institution
while someone seems to be slipping out at night.
Commandant Martin Servaz, a charismatic city cop from nearby
Toulouse fond of quoting Latin, can’t believe he has been called out over the
death of an animal. But there’s something disturbing about this crime that he
can’t ignore. Then DNA from one of the most notorious inmates of the asylum, a
highly intelligent former prosecutor, accused of killing and raping several
women, is found on the horse carcass … and a few days later the first human
murder takes place. A dark story of madness and revenge seems to be unfolding.
Servaz and his colleague, the mysterious Irene Ziegler, must
use all their skill to solve the terrifying mystery and best one of the most
fiendish and clever opponents they could ever imagine. Download and start listening now!