A skillful political thriller where private lies and state secrets become entangled

The White Abbey
The White Abbey
(L'Abbaye Blanche)

Laurent MALOT


Lieutenant Gange is raising his six-year-old daughter on his own in a mountain village in the Jura. His wife left a few months ago without saying why and they haven’t heard from her since.

When two murders occur in the same week in this remote community where «nothing ever happens», Gange becomes embroiled in an explosive investigation. Little by little, all clues point to the White Abbey, a dangerous cult linked to local notables. Between art trafficking, lost souls, and high-level government officials, he gradually unravels the threads of the case and finds himself in over his head.

But he also thinks he may have found an answer to his wife’s disappearance…

Key points

  • A well-crafted story about murder investigation, sects, and corruption at the heart of the government
  • A rural detective novel where the mountains of the Jura play a role of their own
  • A touching tough cop character, surrounded by strong women fighting corruption
105 000 words