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Cara Black is the author of sixteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimï¿½e Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and visits Paris frequently.
Aimee Leduc is waiting for an important client when a Haitian woman enters and announces that she is Aimee's half-sister. Quel choc! Aimee agrees to meet her at a cafe but misses her, then follows a trail that leads to a dead man surrounded by a circle of salt. And so Black launches Aimee's ninth mystery (Murder in the Rue de Paradis), and it's every bit as good as the preceding eight. Like its predecessors, this work is infused with both sharp political/historical commentary and a strong sense of Aimee's messy but affecting emotional life. Even as she uncovers what happened to the murdered man-his work, relevant to a French water project and the parlous state of Haiti's water supply, interests both Madame Obin of the Haitian trade delegation and her radically opposed nephew-Aimee opens up in her typically heartfelt way to the idea of having a sibling, evidently born of a liaison her father once had with a woman who subsequently returned home to Haiti. Is Mireille really Aimee's sister? Perhaps. To save her life, will Aimee crawl through the worst tunnels under Paris? Mais, bien s r. Another pitch-perfect read from Black; highly recommended. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 11/1/08.]-Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Two weeks after Princess Diana's death in Paris in 1997, an illegal Haitian immigrant named Mireille walks into Aimee Leduc's office, claiming that Aimee's late father was also her father. Before Aimee can learn more, Mireille disappears, leaving only a cryptic note with an address in the Latin Quarter, the setting for Black's twisty ninth Aimee Leduc investigation (after 2008's Murder in the Rue de Paradis). At the address, an old building housing a comparative anatomy research facility, Aimee finds the corpse of a well-dressed black man with his ear cut off. The complex plot, which involves Haitian politics, history and culture as well as world trade and geopolitical corruption (not to mention Aimee's quest to discover if Mireille is really her half-sister), at times threatens to overwhelm the book. Still, Black creates an indelible portrait of a Parisian neighborhood as she explores how the past continues to collide with the present, with unpredictable and far-reaching results. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Murder in the Latin Quarter "The ninth mystery in Cara Black's irresistible series set in Paris . . . might well be the book we've been waiting for. Aimï¿½e Leduc, Black's adorably punkish sleuth, is in her element." --The New York Times Book Review "Kinsey Millhone turned loose in Before Sunset . . . In Leduc's ninth outing, Paris, as always, sparkles in all its gargoyled, dusty, cobblestoned glory." --Entertainment Weekly "No contemporary writer of noir mysteries evokes the spirit of Paris more than Cara Black in her atmospheric series starring P.I. Aimï¿½e Leduc . . . The fearless, risk-taking Aimï¿½e is constantly running, hiding, fighting and risking her life-all while dressed in vintage Chanel and Dior and Louboutin heels." --USA Today "Yes, Cara Black fans, Aimï¿½e Leduc is back. This is the ninth of Black's novels about the chic, indomitable Parisian detective, and it has all the elements Black's readers have come to cherish: an engaging protagonist with a likable sidekick (her diminutive partner, Renï¿½ Friant), cops who hinder more than they help, villains with murky motives, grisly crimes and, above all, the unique Parisian atmosphere." --San Francisco Chronicle "If you were weaned on the feminist PIs of the '70s and '80s like Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski and Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone, you may be looking for successors. Cara Black's series set in Paris is worthy." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Black at her peak, with rich historical background and a vivid sense of place supporting her compelling narrative." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review