In the remote southern French town of Marsac, a professor of an elite preparatory school is brutally murdered. It is a crime that even startles the experienced Commandant Martin Servaz, the regions leading investigator. Entering Marsac has Sevaz stepping into his own memories. He is a former student of the prominent school and spent his formative years in Marsac. Crime doesn’t seem to fit this academic community. The crime and subsequent episodes hit too close to Servaz’s life as his daughter is now attending school in Marsac.
The Circle by Bernard Minier is a taught thriller full of twists and secretive characters. Commandant Martin Servaz would rather be home with a book than at the bar watching the World’s Cup when he receives a call from his former lover pleading for his help.