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Murder in the Sentier : An Aimee Leduc Investigation
The third Aimee Leduc investigation is set in the,historic Sentier district, where once-fashionable,private mansions now house the Parisian rag trade,and nightclubs. As members of a 1960s Red gang,seek their hidden loot, Aimee begins to fear that,the killers may include her long-lost mother.,'An intriguing, elusive and unusual thriller with,lines brilliantly drawn between past and present,dangers' - Robert Bernard,'An intricately plotted thriller' - Marcia Muller,'Another chilling tour de force by Black' - Linda,Fairstein
After completing Anthony Award-nominee Black's third Aimee Leduc mystery, those who haven't read the first two in the series Murder in Belleville and Murder in the Marais won't rest easy until they've devoured the earlier volumes as well. One of the best new writers in the field today, Black sets her novels in a Paris so real one can hear and smell the street. Her characters are just as real, in particular her heroine, the daughter of an American, Sydney Leduc, who disappeared when Aimee was eight years old, and a Parisian cop, Jean-Claude Leduc, who was murdered and from whom she inherited a detective agency that specializes in computer security. Aimee has always wanted to know the truth about her missing mother, so when she gets a phone call from a woman with a German accent claiming to have known her mother in prison she agrees to meet the mysterious caller in the Sentier (the garment district). Back in the '60s, Sydney was involved with a gang of young terrorists. Some of them kidnapped a wealthy man and looted his home of bonds and art works. A former gang member knows the location of the treasure, and another is stalking the survivors of the gang, killing them off. What did her mother have to do with these people? How guilty was she of their crimes? And is she still alive? This is the stuff of a thoroughly engrossing story that's never less than compelling. The subtly sinister jacket photo of a Parisian street scene perfectly captures the spirit of the text. (Apr.) Forecast: Blurbs from such big names as Laurie King, Robert Barnard and Marcia Muller, plus a 10-city author tour with Peter Lovesey, will help raise the profile of this young writer, about whom there was a lot of buzz at last summer's Bouchercon. Those Francophiles that sent Adam Gopnik's To Paris and the Moon into extra printings could also help. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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August 31, 2009
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