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Murder in the Rue de Paradis


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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.


Anthony Award nominee Black (Murder in the Marais) has her plucky heroine in Paris investigating the murder of an on-again, off-again lover. Black initially does more travel-guide writing than focusing on the potentially intense international conspiracy that is both timely and often stereotypical in its political backdrop. Narrator Carine Montbertrand, also a children's/YA author, handles the multiple accents and languages well, but she has an odd cadence that takes some getting used to. A slow starter, but recommended. [The Soho Crime hc received a starred review, LJ 11/1/07.-Ed.]-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

In Black's riveting eighth Aimee Leduc mystery (after 2007's Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis), Aimee reconnects in the summer of 1995 with a former boyfriend, investigative journalist Yves Robert, while Paris still reels from the St.-Michel Metro bombings. But after a romantic evening when Yves even proposes marriage, Aimee is shocked to be called in to identify Yves's body at the morgue. Believing he was working undercover, Aimee ignores the sanitized police report and enlists her partner and best friend, Rene Friant, to help solve Yves's murder. Her investigation ignites a chain reaction that reveals assassination plots, informers and secret contracts surrounding the strained relationship of a militant Turkish group and the Kurdish Labor Party, all leading back to Yves. Aimee Leduc, smart, spirited and sassy, takes the reader on an action-packed ride fueled by the hidden secrets of her beloved Paris. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Murder in the Rue de Paradis "A tightly spun web worthy of a classic spy thriller . . . Leduc's City of Light is a stylish, dangerous place throbbing by night to an ominous techno world beat, and Aimee Leduc is a marvelous invention, a thirdgeneration Sam Spade in couture."
--Washington Post Book World "Brimming with Middle Eastern intrigue that reflects the modern era."
--The Christian Science Monitor

"Black deftly makes the history of the city resonate . . . Murder in the Rue de Paradis is a page-turner, but some of its pages invite you to linger and reflect."
--San Francisco Gate "Riveting . . . Aimee Leduc, smart, spirited and sassy, takes the reader on an action-packed ride fueled by the hidden secrets of her beloved Paris."
--Publishers Weekly Praise for the New York Times bestselling Aimee Leduc series "Charming . . . Aimee is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical streets and byways with their eyes closed."
--The New York Times Book Review "Cara Black books are good companions. . . . Fine characters, good suspense, but, best of all, they are transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French. If you can't go, these will do fine. Or, better yet, go and bring them with you."
--Alan Furst "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the stones of Paris sing for so many of us."
--Chicago Tribune "If you've always wanted to visit Paris, skip the air fare and read Cara Black . . . instead."
--Val McDermid "The buzz is partly about her heroine's hip, next-generation, cutting-edge investigations and partly about Paris, a setting of unrivaled charm."
--Houston Chronicle

"Compelling . . . Aimee makes an engaging protagonist, vulnerable beneath her vintage chic clothing and sharp-witted exterior."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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