Murder in Clichy (Aimee Leduc Series #5)

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“The buzz . . . is partly about her heroine’s hip, next-generation, cutting-edge investigations and partly about Paris, a setting of unrivaled charm.”—Houston Chronicle

“If the cobblestones could talk, they might tell a tale as haunting as the one Cara Black spins.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Will have readers on pins and needles.”—San...

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Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:

“The buzz . . . is partly about her heroine’s hip, next-generation, cutting-edge investigations and partly about Paris, a setting of unrivaled charm.”—Houston Chronicle

“If the cobblestones could talk, they might tell a tale as haunting as the one Cara Black spins.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Will have readers on pins and needles.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the best new writers in the field today.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the stones of Paris sing for so many of us.”—Chicago Tribune

“With its sights, sounds, and colorful past, it’s a particularly eventful and involving Paris visit.”—Los Angeles Times

Spirited Aimée Leduc, a private investigator based in Paris, has been introduced to the Cao Dai temple by her partner, René, who urges her to learn to meditate as a counterbalance to her frenetic lifestyle. A Vietnamese nun asks her for a favor—to hand over a check and bring a package back to the temple. But this act of kindness ends in a stranger’s death and leaves her with a bullet wound in the arm, a check for 50,000 francs and a trove of ancient jade artifacts whose provenance is a mystery.

The French secret service, a group of veterans of the war in Indochina, some wealthy ex-colonials, and contending international oil companies all claim the jade. They will stop at nothing to gain possession of it. And the nun has disappeared.

Aimée has promised to avoid danger, but it continues to seek her out.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Cara Black’s Aimée Leduc series:

“Charming. . . . Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city’s historical streets and byways with their eyes closed.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Leduc has a thorough grasp of the practicalities of investigation, plus a penchant for undercover work that will have readers on pins and needles.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the stones of Paris sing for so many of us.”—Chicago Tribune

Publishers Weekly
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.
Kirkus Reviews
Her eyesight restored, Aimee Leduc investigates an ancient Asian mystery in modern-day Paris. To try to rest her fragile optic nerve, Aimee (Murder in the Bastille, 2003, etc.) studies meditation at a storefront Cao Dai temple, where she meets Linh, a Vietnamese nun new to Paris. Linh begs her to deliver an envelope, but when Aimee tries to meet Thadee Baret in a boulangerie near Place de Clichy, shots ring out, and Aimee has just enough time to snatch the backpack containing several exquisite jade carvings and run before the flics arrive. Spooked, Aimee hides the bag in the office of her lover, ophthalmologist Guy Lambert-but before she can retrieve it, the office is ransacked and the figures taken. Now Guy is angry at Aimee, not only for causing the break-in but for risking her sight again. Even though their relationship may not survive, Aimee can't stop her investigation because someone's kidnapped her partner, Rene Friant, and she knows that finding the jade is the key to finding Rene. Baret's ex-wife Sophie and his daughter Nadege might help her, a thug named Blondel definitely wants to hurt her, and secret agent Fabien Regnier may not be at all what he seems. Although Aimee's imperiled romance sprawls, Black's fifth leaves plenty of room for puzzlement, along with her unique brand of Ambiance de Paris.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569474112
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Aimee Leduc Series, #5
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 313,622
  • Product dimensions: 4.99 (w) x 7.49 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Cara Black
Cara Black lives in San Francisco with her husband, a bookseller, and her son. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series, published by Soho Press. Murder in the Sentier was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    superb Aimee Leduc investigative tale

    In 1994 Paris, Aimee Leduc has sight for the most part and the blurriness is going away, but she still struggles with her injuries especially to the optic nerve from last month¿s assault. Her computer security firm partner Rene encourages her to continue to seek a healthier lifestyle. Vietnamese Sister Linh asks Aimee to deliver an envelope to Thadee Baret because the nun insists she cannot do it as she is watched, even in Paris, as she is the daughter of a blackballed judge in her native country and the sister of a jailed dissident. Reluctantly, Aimee agrees.--- The drop off seems to go smooth as Aimee provides the envelope to Thadee who hands over to her a jade piece to give to Linh. Not long afterward someone kills Thadee. Aimee wonders what is going on as she was just a delivery intermediary, but government agents tell her to back off from making inquiries and someone abducts her partner, making the scenario even more baffling.--- The fifth Aimee Leduc investigative tale is a fantastic story in which the readers remain in the dark along with the heroine wondering what is going on yet unable to stop reading to learn the truth. Aimee is a fabulous protagonist who learns a life lesson about Good Samaritans as she investigates the murder, the nun, and the abduction while pressure for her to back off increases. Cara Black provides her usual terrific Parisian joy ride that has helped make the Leduc tales consistently some of the best professional sleuth novels in recent years.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This is the fifth book in the Aimee Leduc series and author Cara Black just keeps getting better. This time she manages to combine a little known part of Paris with fallout from the French involvement in Indochina. Surprising choice, but it works!

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