Murder in the Rue de Paradis (Aimee Leduc Series #8) [NOOK Book]

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Aimée is thrilled when her one-time lover, Yves, an investigative journalist, returns from his assignment in Egypt and proposes marriage. But after a single night of bliss, his body is discovered in a Paris doorway. His throat has been slit. Aimée is determined to avenge him. The trail leads to a sleeper jihadist and embroils her in Turkish and Kurdish politics.


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Murder in the Rue de Paradis (Aimee Leduc Series #8)

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Overview

Aimée is thrilled when her one-time lover, Yves, an investigative journalist, returns from his assignment in Egypt and proposes marriage. But after a single night of bliss, his body is discovered in a Paris doorway. His throat has been slit. Aimée is determined to avenge him. The trail leads to a sleeper jihadist and embroils her in Turkish and Kurdish politics.


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Editorial Reviews

Kevin Allman
Today's Paris, both international and quintessentially French, an intriguing blend of centuries of decay and mod futurism, is a fine backdrop for a modern noir, and Leduc finds herself navigating a tightly spun web worthy of a classic spy thriller, complete with a Métro bombing and shadowy assignations with Kurds and Sunnis. Leduc's City of Light is a stylish, dangerous place throbbing by night to an ominous techno world beat, and Aimée Leduc is a marvelous invention, a third-generation Sam Spade in couture.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

In Black's riveting eighth Aimée Leduc mystery (after 2007's Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis), Aimée reconnects in the summer of 1995 with a former boyfriend, investigative journalist Yves Robert, while Paris still reels from the St.-Michel Metro bombings. But after a romantic evening when Yves even proposes marriage, Aimée is shocked to be called in to identify Yves's body at the morgue. Believing he was working undercover, Aimée ignores the sanitized police report and enlists her partner and best friend, René Friant, to help solve Yves's murder. Her investigation ignites a chain reaction that reveals assassination plots, informers and secret contracts surrounding the strained relationship of a militant Turkish group and the Kurdish Labor Party, all leading back to Yves. Aimée Leduc, smart, spirited and sassy, takes the reader on an action-packed ride fueled by the hidden secrets of her beloved Paris. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

In Paris working as a nanny, devout Shi'a Nadira Abouz is given an important assignment by her Iranian handler: assassinate Kurdish feminist Jalenka Malat for the glory of Allah. Meanwhile, edgy, stylishly outré Aimée Leduc (last seen sleuthing her way through Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis) has a little assignment of her own, for on-again, off-again boyfriend Yves has suddenly reappeared and proposed marriage. And then Yves is dead, leaving Aimée to hunt for his chador-clad killer. Her investigation leads her straight into the heart of the Kurdish question and Nadira's murderous plan because world-class reporter Yves was deeply involved in a story about the ongoing Kurdish bid for independence and dam construction in Turkey on reclaimed Kurdish territory. Does Aimée triumph? Of course, but first she'll have her usual brawl with the Préfecture de police. Once again, Black has crafted a superb tale informed by current political tensions, showing how they play out in French society while suggesting larger implications. The plot itself is swift and assured, the language elegantly gritty, the characterization deft, and the end a truly satisfying surprise. Highly recommended for all mystery collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ10/1/07; see the Q&A with Black on p. 48.-Ed.]
—Barbara Hoffert

Kirkus Reviews
Murder spoils a reunion between French detective Aimee Leduc (Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis, 2007, etc.) and her lost love Yves Robert. The last time Aimee Leduc saw her lover was on a Paris street corner as he waved goodbye and left for an undercover assignment with Agence France Presse. Now he's back, putting a Turkish betrothal ring on her finger and swearing he's been reassigned home. But after one passionate night together, Aimee wakes to an empty bed and a phone call from Brigade Criminelle about a body found in the Rue de Paradis. Naturally, the body is Yves's, and naturally, instead of grieving, Aimee goes on a hunt for his killers. Mailliol of the Brigade warns her to butt out; her old friend Morbier is on his first vacation in history; and Yves's colleagues at AFP are in no hurry to return her voicemails. Nohant, a security guard at the Baccarat gallery across from the crime scene, saw nothing, but her counterpart Vatel may have-only he's been reassigned. Still, Vatel's a Turk, just like Jalenka Malat, the Kurdish MP whose name was stashed in Yves's wallet, maybe because he's the target of a Islamist plot. Can Aimee put the pieces together in time to thwart the terrorists and avenge her lover?Black's seventh takes longer to get in gear than an old Renault, and tastes less of Paris than earlier outings.
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Praise for the Aimée Leduc series set in Paris:

“Compelling. . . . Aimée makes an engaging protagonist, vulnerable beneath her vintage chic clothing and sharp-witted exterior.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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

“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

“Cara Black books are good companions. . . . Fine characters, good suspense, but, best of all, they are transcendentally, seductively, irresistibly French. If you can’t go, these will do fine. Or, better yet, go and bring them with you.”—Alan Furst

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

“If you’ve always wanted to visit Paris, skip the air fare and read Cara Black . . . instead.”—Val McDermid

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569477281
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: Aimee Leduc Series , #8
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 169,155
  • File size: 753 KB

Meet the Author

Cara Black
Cara Black, author of the New York Times Bestselling Aimée Leduc series, is a frequent visitor to Paris; this is her eighth mystery set there. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.


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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    outstanding French private investigative thriller

    In 1995 Paris remains shell-shocked from the recent bombings at the St.-Michel Metro. In that milieu of distrust, private investigator Aimee Leduc is elated to see her former boyfriend, investigative journalist Yves Robert. They share an incredible evening together topped off by his proposal, which she accepts. --- The next morning the Paris police call Aimee to come to the city morgue in order to affirm the corpse is her fiancé of not even one day. Stunned and unable to let it go especially since the official police report is more interested in remaining politically correct preferring to blame an unknown male prostitute during these harrowing times rather than solving a murder, Aimee investigates. She believes that Yves was working undercover and with her partner Rene Friant make inquiries that tie Yves¿ last assignment to bitter enemies Turkey and its Kurdish populace. --- As always with an Aimee Leduc French mystery (see MURDER ON THE ILE SAINT-LOUIS), readers obtain a tour of Paris that the government and the tourist bureaus prefer to hide. The current case is very personal as Aimee and Rene follow clues that bring Paris to life. Readers will appreciate her obsessive need to know answers to whom and why as the MURDER IN THE RUE DE PARADIS is another outstanding French private investigative thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

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