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Murder in Montmartre : An Aimee Leduc Investigation
Aimee's childhood friend, Laure, is a policewoman. Her partner, Jacques, has set up a meeting in Montmartre with an informer. When Laure goes along as backup, Jacques is lured to a rooftop where he is shot to death. Laure's gun has been fired, gunpowder residue is on her hands, and she is charged with her partner's murder.
The police close ranks against the alleged cop killer. Aimee is determined to clear Laure's name. In doing so, she encounters Separatists terrorists, Montmartre prostitutes, a Surrealist painter's stepdaughter, a crooked Corsican bar owner, and learns of "Big Ears"--the French "ear in the sky" that records telephonic and electronic communications for the Security Services. Identifying Jacques's murderer brings her closer to solving her own father's death, which still haunts her. She cannot rest until she finds out who was responsible.
Intrepid Aimee Leduc strives to clear the name of a childhood friend, policewoman Laure Rousseau, who's charged with shooting her partner to death, in Black's chilling sixth novel to feature the Paris PI (after 2005's Murder in Clichy). Aim?e knows the solution to proving Laure's innocence lies somewhere in the hilltop maze of the seedy Montmartre neighborhood--perhaps with a boy who says he witnessed the murder, or an aging prostitute, or any of a number of toughs or even Corsican separatists. Set in January 1995, the book vividly depicts a gritty, working-class part of Paris where rents don't always get paid and not everyone has a bed for the night. Black succeeds in making the reader feel the damp, the snow, the fear. In the process of helping Laure, Aim?e not only resolves a past police scandal involving her dead father but gains in compassion and wisdom. (Mar.)
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February 28, 2007
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