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Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis (Aimee Leduc Series #7)

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“Gripping. . . . A wonderfully complex plot is lent immediacy by environmental activists agitating against a proposed oil agreement. . . . This Paris has a gritty, edgy feel, and Black’s prose evokes the sound of the Seine rising with the spring thaw. Aimée makes an engaging protagonist.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Another taut, well-observed, and thoroughly entertaining Aimée Leduc mystery, this book continues the series’ blend of suspense and attitude engagé while ...

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Overview

“Gripping. . . . A wonderfully complex plot is lent immediacy by environmental activists agitating against a proposed oil agreement. . . . This Paris has a gritty, edgy feel, and Black’s prose evokes the sound of the Seine rising with the spring thaw. Aimée makes an engaging protagonist.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Another taut, well-observed, and thoroughly entertaining Aimée Leduc mystery, this book continues the series’ blend of suspense and attitude engagé while nicely developing our heroine’s character.”—Library Journal

“Black again makes the most of her setting, drawing on the juicy history of the Ile Saint-Louis. . . . This series remains must reading for fans of the jauntier side of European crime fiction.”—Booklist

Facing a tight deadline on a computer security contract, Aimée 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 Aimée 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, Aimée 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:
 
“One of the best heroines in crime fiction.”—Lee Child
 
“Haunting.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The Parisienne Kinsey Millhone.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“One of the best new writers in the field today.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Publishers Weekly

At the start of Black's gripping seventh mystery to feature Parisian computer expert Aimée Leduc (after 2006's Murder in Montmartre), a distraught, late-night anonymous phone call distracts Aimée 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 Aimée decides to care for), Aimée 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. Aimée makes an engaging protagonist, vulnerable beneath her vintage chic clothing and sharp-witted exterior. (Mar.)

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Library Journal
An abandoned infant leads Leduc to dodge death and deception in the streets (and sewers) of Paris in her seventh caper. Black lives in San Francisco. (See review, p. 57.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Murder strikes close to home when Black's computer-security-expert heroine takes charge of an abandoned infant. Aimee Leduc (Murder in Montmartre, 2006, etc.) can't identify the voice that interrupts her late-night systems maintenance telling her to go down and look in her building's courtyard. But her partner, Rene Friant, learns that the call originated at a pay phone on Boulevard Henri IV, not two blocks away from Aimee's home on Ile Saint-Louis. Aimee is desperate to find out who placed the call, since it led her to an infant wrapped in a denim jacket. Unwilling to leave the foundling to the mercy of social services, Aimee, whose own mother disappeared when she was eight, leans on Rene and her friends Michou and Martine to help care for Stella, as she calls her, while she investigates the report of a corpse-perhaps the child's mother-floating in the Seine. Viewing the same body is Krzysztof Linski, the deposed Polish prince leading the MondeFocus effort to stop oil giant Alstrom from winning rights to drill in the North Sea. When someone plants a backpack filled with kerosene bombs on Krzysztof, Aimee turns to freelance filmmaker Claude Nederovique, whose footage of the MondeFocus rally she counts on to exonerate the prince and lead her to Stella's mother-and whose charms she cannot resist. Bittersweet musings on romantic and maternal love enliven an otherwise routine investigation. Agent: Linda Allen/Linda Allen Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569474754
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: Aimee Leduc Series , #7
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 291,911
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Cara Black

Cara Black is the author of nine books in the Aimee Leduc series. She frequently visits Paris but lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2009

    Love the Paris scenes but . . .

    The Paris locale is evoked beautifully but the plots of the novels in this series have become more disjointed as time goes by. Supposedly set in the 1990s, the technological sophistication of LeDuc's computer security business is pure 2000s. In 1995, lap tops weighed a ton and cell phones were the size of a loaf of bread. There is no real reason for the 1995 date and the mis-timed cultural references are distracting. I keep wanting to shout "Continuity!" The sub-plot involving her mother is wesring thin.

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