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Murder in Clichy


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Cara Black is the author of Murder in Belleville, Murder in the Marais and Murder in the Sentier, which was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. These three titles are available from Turnaround.


Temporarily blinded though she was in her last mystery (Murder in the Bastille), Aimee Leduc just can't keep away from trouble-even with her new doctor boyfriend warning her to stick to her chosen field, corporate security. Aimee is attending meditation sessions at the Cao Dai temple when a Vietnamese nun asks her to deliver an envelope to the mysterious Thad?e. Unfortunately, Thad?e is gunned down just as Aimee is handing over the envelope, and she ends up with the bag he was carrying-a cache of precious jade. Soon, Aimee's partner, Ren?, is kidnapped, and Aimee finds herself hunting down Thad?e's former wife and daughter, chatting up museum curators, and running from suspicious types ostensibly linked to the French police. The plot is inevitably complex, but it is beautifully-and thrillingly-rendered. Like all Aimee Leduc mysteries, this one involves larger political issues-here, the legacy of France's Indochina adventure and current tensions between Vietnam and China. And like all Aimee Leduc mysteries, this one positively breathes Paris. Another winner.-Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"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"

A small act of generosity leads to murder in Anthony-nominee Black's beguiling fifth outing for savvy and sensitive Parisian PI Aimee Leduc (after 2003's Murder in the Bastille). Still reeling from injuries sustained in her previous adventure, AimEe agrees to help a middle-aged Vietnamese nun, Linh, by delivering an envelope to Thadee Baret. When Aimee meets Thadee for the drop-off, he hands her a bag of precious jade; soon after, an unseen gunman murders Thadee. Who was Thadee? Why did he give Linh the jade? Who wanted him killed? Once it becomes apparent Aimee is involved in something bigger and more dangerous than at first seemed the case (a government surveillance team threatens her; her partner, Rene, is kidnapped), even more questions arise. Readers may feel in the dark at times, and it's consoling to know that Aimee is often just as baffled. As usual, the author renders the city in dazzling detail. She paints an especially rich portrait of the curious Clichy neighborhood, a district made up of "Aristocrats with de la before their name," and "immigrants with -ski, akela, or khabib at the end of their names." Weaving culture, history and suspense, Black scores again. Agent, Linda Allen. (Mar. 15) Forecast: Blurbs from Val McDermid, Alan Furst, Stuart Kaminsky and Linda Fairstein should help broaden the appeal beyond Francophile mystery fans. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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