False Bottom (“Doble fondo”) is set in the north of France in 2004. The body of a drowned woman is found at a fishing village on the French coast. It is Marie Le Boullec, a respected doctor from a nearby town. Circumstances call the attention of a young journalist, Muriel, who does not believe it was a suicide. The case recalls those who disappeared during the Argentine dictatorship, thrown alive to the sea from a plane. Muriel begins to write articles in the local newspaper, they arouse so much interest among readers that they are picked up by the national press. Some people would like to silence her, but she presses ahead. When Muriel discovers that the identity of the victim was false, she also finds some very revealing emails exchanged between an Argentine young man, Matías, and Soledad, another of Marie’s pseudonyms. For Muriel, things get complicated: She feels a stronger affection towards Matías, although their relationship is only virtual, which threatens her real relationship with Marcel, her research partner. With a growing suspense, the present and the past are interwoven until they reach a surprising end that shows the perverse repression of the political system, the desperate life of a woman in a borderline situation and the investigation that leads to the murderer.
Based on real facts, research and survivors’ testimonies, the characters and circumstances are fictional and respond to the needs of the novel.