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Aimée is thrilled when her one-time lover, Yves, an investigative journalist, returns from his assignment in Egypt and proposes marriage. But after a single night of bliss, his body is discovered in a Paris doorway. His throat has been slit. Aimée is determined to avenge him. The trail leads to a sleeper jihadist and embroils her in Turkish and Kurdish politics.

Review:

"In Black's riveting eighth Aime Leduc mystery (after 2007's Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis), Aime 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, Aime is shocked to be called in to identify Yves's body at the morgue. Believing he was working undercover, Aime ignores the sanitized police report and enlists her partner and best friend, Ren 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. Aime Leduc, smart, spirited and sassy, takes the reader on an action-packed ride fueled by the hidden secrets of her beloved Paris." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Charming...Aimée 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

Review:

"Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the stones of Paris sing for so many of us." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"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

Review:

"Cara Black books are good companions....Fine characters, good suspense, but, best of all, they are transcendentally, seductively, irresistibly French. If you can't go, these will do fine. Or, better yet, go and bring them with you." Alan Furst

Review:

"If you've always wanted to visit Paris, skip the air fare and read Cara Black...instead." Val McDermid

Synopsis:

Aimée Leduc loses her man to an assassin's blade.

Synopsis:

Aimée is thrilled when her one-time lover, Yves, an investigative journalist, returns from his assignment in Egypt and proposes marriage. But after a single night of bliss, his body is discovered in a Paris doorway. His throat has been slit. Aimée is determined to avenge him. The trail leads to a sleeper jihadist and embroils her in Turkish and Kurdish politics.

Synopsis:

Praise for the Aimée Leduc series set in Paris:

“Compelling. . . . Aimée makes an engaging protagonist, vulnerable beneath her vintage chic clothing and sharp-witted exterior.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Charming. . . . Aimée 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

“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

“Cara Black books are good companions. . . . Fine characters, good suspense, but, best of all, they are transcendentally, 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

Aimée is thrilled when her one-time lover, Yves, an investigative journalist, returns from his assignment in Egypt and proposes marriage. But after a single night of bliss, his body is discovered in a Paris doorway. His throat has been slit. Aimée is determined to avenge him. The trail leads to a sleeper jihadist and embroils her in Turkish and Kurdish politics.

Cara Black is a frequent visitor to Paris; this is her eighth mystery set there. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. For more information, visit <a href="http://carablack.com/" target="_blank">www.carablack.com</a>

About the Author

Cara Black is a frequent visitor to Paris; this is her eighth mystery set there. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

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NShatt6783, April 21, 2008 (view all comments by NShatt6783)
Murder in the Rue de Paradis
By Cara Black
Reviewer, Norma J. Shattuck

Aimee Leduc once again survives a perilous investigation (though not without physical and emotional battering) in the eighth of Black’s series set in Paris. This was my introduction to the tough and intrepid Leduc, but Black infuses enough catch-up tutorials for newbies like me to get a picture: that Leduc’s gamine persona --big, kohl-rimmed eyes, spiky hair, and garbed in thrift shop finds --- suggests she’s a Goth-prone Gallic gumshoe. She is also, to her peril and possibly to the point of exhausting some readers more used to plots with a less break-neck pace, the Energizer Bunny (er, Lapin) of private eyes.

Though a more than credible business-woman, she clearly shuns dress-for-success tailored suits in favor of retro-flash. Example: “a ‘60s minidress composed of tiny black, mirror-like sequin rectangles.Vintage Carnaby Street.” She wears the latter, by the way, not for sleuthing along dark streets and among the under-classes
but to seal a lucrative deal with a corporate client needing her firm’s security services.

That end of the business, we learn, is the specialty of her partner, Rene Friant -- a highly skilled and creative computer geek who happens to be a dwarf but, nevertheless, stands tall and totes a trusty Beretta when acting as Leduc’s back-up when a case turns dicey and dangerous. He drives a beloved vintage Citroen which seems to survive above-average, case-related battering, as do they.

Spring-board for the complicated plot is 1995’s world climate riven by terror attacks, ethnic violence, poisonous political/religious divisions, and fanatacism-fueled plotting and counter-plotting. We are plunged into that morass immediately after enjoying the tenderly written romantic episode in which Leduc is reunited with her lover, Yves Robert, an investigative journalist just returned from a risk-laden undercover assignment in Turkey. The very morning after their tryst, Yves is found dead. Certain clues convince her that his brutal dispatching was linked to his work, though a more sordid explanation appears to satisfy the city’s Brigade Criminelle. From that point on, Leduc, having been briefly but poignantly revealed as an emotionally vulnerable woman in love, is driven to sublimate this side of herself in order to identify who killed the man she had, only a few hours before his death, pledged to marry.

However, with so many rancor prone sub-communities in which to search -- expatriate Turks, Kurds, ex-French Legionnaires, et al –-how could she succeed? With a sharp mind, shoe leather, and honed detecting skills. Puzzlements: could the concierge with the Turkish accent seen sweeping a courtyard near the time of Yves’s death have glimpsed his murderer? Did the security guard in the porcelain and crystal showroom note anything amiss that morning? Was Yves’s doom tied to a note written in Turkish and found in his wallet; if so, did it correctly suggest the planned assassination in Paris of a Kurdish woman newly elected to power? Was it too preposterous to imagine a seemingly kind and conscientious nanny morphing into a dedicated assassin toting bomb components in place of her little charge’s Lego blocks?

In its complexity, Black’s plot can confuse and/or intimidate the reader in the way that Americans have been discomfited by those jumbo-sized French restaurant menus with section after section of possibilities printed in a language not our own. If she were a chef, Black might be advised by a boggled patron to do a soupcon of menu-trimming.

As to Leduc herself, she emerges intrepid even after suffering genuine emotional trauma and taking physical battering while picking through the slew of possibilities tied to Yves’s death. She is, at novel’s end, back at her desk: “She had a business to run.” That healing may be in the near future, however, is suggested by the more than casual interest she takes in a telephone message from Guy, the surgeon who’d saved her eyesight but walked away because “she couldn’t settle down.”

Obviously moved, “She stared at the rosy sunset spreading over the Louvre’s Cour Carree, bathing the gray-tiled rooftops in a last burst of light. The gray of Guy’s eyes. . . “

Vive Leduc!

Copyright Norma J. Shattuck, 2008

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Marjorie Madonne, April 8, 2008 (view all comments by Marjorie Madonne)
I've enjoyed Cara Black's Aimée Leduc series for several years and I'm currently reading Murder in the Rue de Paradis. Good Paris atmosphere, interesting characters.
I do wish the publisher would get the French accents right, though. The accent aigu (´) is not the only accent that exists in French. In this edition, all the words that should have the accent grave (`) are printed with an accent aigu. For instance: Giséle, when it should be Gisèle. It is irritating.
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pahlcbikep, March 29, 2008 (view all comments by pahlcbikep)
In this the lattest Cara Black "Murder in..." one is entertained as always by a murder mystery; but now in the 10eme the author provides an international/terrorist attack during August, when everyone Amiee' needs is on vacation. This tale also has allusions to the nazi occupation and provides the grittiest image of many pasts, layered over porous limestone. This one goes full boucle' and has our heroine bicycling! towards danger and denouement.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781569474747
Publisher:
Soho Crime
Subject:
France
Author:
Black, Cara
Subject:
Paris
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Aimee Leduc Investigation
Publication Date:
20080301
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
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Product details 288 pages Soho Crime - English 9781569474747 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Black's riveting eighth Aime Leduc mystery (after 2007's Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis), Aime 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, Aime is shocked to be called in to identify Yves's body at the morgue. Believing he was working undercover, Aime ignores the sanitized police report and enlists her partner and best friend, Ren 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. Aime Leduc, smart, spirited and sassy, takes the reader on an action-packed ride fueled by the hidden secrets of her beloved Paris." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Charming...Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city's historical streets and byways with their eyes closed."
"Review" by , "Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the stones of Paris sing for so many of us."
"Review" by , "The buzz is partly about her heroine's hip, next-generation, cutting-edge investigations and partly about Paris, a setting of unrivaled charm."
"Review" by , "Cara Black books are good companions....Fine characters, good suspense, but, best of all, they are transcendentally, seductively, irresistibly French. If you can't go, these will do fine. Or, better yet, go and bring them with you."
"Review" by , "If you've always wanted to visit Paris, skip the air fare and read Cara Black...instead."
"Synopsis" by ,
Aimée Leduc loses her man to an assassin's blade.
"Synopsis" by , Aimée is thrilled when her one-time lover, Yves, an investigative journalist, returns from his assignment in Egypt and proposes marriage. But after a single night of bliss, his body is discovered in a Paris doorway. His throat has been slit. Aimée is determined to avenge him. The trail leads to a sleeper jihadist and embroils her in Turkish and Kurdish politics.
"Synopsis" by , Praise for the Aimée Leduc series set in Paris:

“Compelling. . . . Aimée makes an engaging protagonist, vulnerable beneath her vintage chic clothing and sharp-witted exterior.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Charming. . . . Aimée 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

“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

“Cara Black books are good companions. . . . Fine characters, good suspense, but, best of all, they are transcendentally, 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

Aimée is thrilled when her one-time lover, Yves, an investigative journalist, returns from his assignment in Egypt and proposes marriage. But after a single night of bliss, his body is discovered in a Paris doorway. His throat has been slit. Aimée is determined to avenge him. The trail leads to a sleeper jihadist and embroils her in Turkish and Kurdish politics.

Cara Black is a frequent visitor to Paris; this is her eighth mystery set there. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. For more information, visit <a href="http://carablack.com/" target="_blank">www.carablack.com</a>

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