Two very different families are bonded by scandal in this sweeping story of love, greed, and betrayal

Anselme Rochefort has built an empire manufacturing serge de Nîmes, or denim. His biggest client? Levi Strauss. As the craze for blue jeans begins to sweep the globe, Rochefort Industries seems poised for untold success. But Anselme can be as cruel and ruthless with his family as he is in business.

The Rocheforts' neighbor Donatien Rouvière has one of the region's most prosperous farms and is desperate for a son to carry on his legacy. After the births of three daughters, the Rouvières adopt an orphan from the Sisters of Charity convent and raise him as their own.

When Anselme suggests uniting the two families by arranging for their children to marry, it seems like the perfect match. But as the lives of the two clans grow increasingly intertwined, dark secrets come to light, including the mysterious circumstances of the death of Anselme's eldest daughter.

With The Rocheforts, Christian Laborie weaves a captivating tale of deceit, intrigue, and the dynamic tension between industrialization and a way of life rooted in the land.


S. Cedric

S. Cedric

S. Cedric was born in the Aveyron region of France. Before devoting himself to writing, Cedric also worked in publishing, journalism, and translation, and was even the lead singer of a metal band. His influences range from Stephen King and Clive Barker to Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. Cedric combines elements of supernatural worldbuilding and crime fiction, creating fast-paced, original novels. Of Fever and Blood, the first book in the Inspector Svärta Thrillers, won the Polar Prize at the Cognac Festival and the first Cinécinéma Frissons prize. Cedric lives and writes in Toulouse, France.


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