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Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis : An Aimee Leduc Investigation
Facing a tight deadline on a computer security contract, Aim�e responds to a telephone call from a stranger that leads her to an abandoned infant in a courtyard on the Ile Saint-Louis. She brings the baby home with her, calls her Stella, and awaits contact from the mother. But days pass, and no one reclaims the infant.
Meanwhile, a group of environmental protestors is trying to stop the government from entering into a contract with an oil company notorious for pollution. As Aim�e attempts to identify the baby's mother, two murders and an abortive bombing involving the protestors lead her--and little Stella--into danger.
On the run in the sewers beneath the Seine, Aim�e finally finds the woman she has been looking for, only to discover that the man she has fallen in love with is not who she thought he was.
At the start of Black's gripping seventh mystery to feature Parisian computer expert Aim�e Leduc (after 2006's Murder in Montmartre), a distraught, late-night anonymous phone call distracts Aim�e from her deadline and sends her to the courtyard of her Ile Saint-Louis building, where she finds an infant girl. After the caller never shows up for her baby (whom Aim�e decides to care for), Aim�e wonders if the woman may have become an "Yvette," a Jane Doe dragged from the Seine. She follows a tenuous lead to discover the caller's identity, bringing her Samaritan impulses into direct conflict with her business sense. A wonderfully complex plot is lent immediacy by environmental activists agitating against a proposed oil agreement--secondary characters who play a crucial role in the intrigue. This Paris has a gritty, edgy feel, and Black's prose evokes the sound of the Seine rising with the spring thaw. Aim�e makes an engaging protagonist, vulnerable beneath her vintage chic clothing and sharp-witted exterior. (Mar.)
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February 28, 2008
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