Cara Black is the author of sixteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimee Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and visits Paris frequently.
At the start of Black's gripping seventh mystery to feature Parisian computer expert Aim?e Leduc (after 2006's Murder in Montmartre), a distraught, late-night anonymous phone call distracts Aim?e from her deadline and sends her to the courtyard of her Ile Saint-Louis building, where she finds an infant girl. After the caller never shows up for her baby (whom Aim?e decides to care for), Aim?e wonders if the woman may have become an "Yvette," a Jane Doe dragged from the Seine. She follows a tenuous lead to discover the caller's identity, bringing her Samaritan impulses into direct conflict with her business sense. A wonderfully complex plot is lent immediacy by environmental activists agitating against a proposed oil agreement-secondary characters who play a crucial role in the intrigue. This Paris has a gritty, edgy feel, and Black's prose evokes the sound of the Seine rising with the spring thaw. Aim?e makes an engaging protagonist, vulnerable beneath her vintage chic clothing and sharp-witted exterior. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
An abandoned infant leads Leduc to dodge death and deception in the streets (and sewers) of Paris in her seventh caper. Black lives in San Francisco. (See review, p. 57.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis
"This very dark Euro-thriller will have you wondering if it's not too late to book that summer vacation to Paris you always wanted. If time and money are stopping you, reading Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis may be a smart alternative."
--USA Today "Now that every other mainstream mystery seems awash in gory religious rituals, it has fallen to independent publishers to keep a fresh perspective on the genre. Soho Press, one of the more enterprising of these small houses, has a keen nose for offbeat detectives who ply their trade in foreign locales. The trendy byways of Paris belong to Aimee Leduc, the clever young sleuth in a winning series by Cara Black . . . The energetic plot is thick with intrigue and danger."
--The New York Times Book Review Praise for the Aimee Leduc series "This very dark Euro-thriller will have you wondering if it's not too late to book that summer vacation to Paris you always wanted. If time and money are stopping you, reading Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis may be a smart alternative."
--USA Today "Haunting."
--The New York Times Book Review
"One of the best heroines in crime fiction."
--Lee Child "She makes Paris come alive as no one else has since Georges Simenon."
--Stuart Kaminsky "If you've never been to Paris, or you'd like to go back soon, let Cara Black
transport you there."
--Linda Fairstein "One of the best new writers in the field today."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review