In April 1994 Paris Computer Security specialist Aimee Leduc tried to explain to Anais that she did not perform spousal investigations. However, her friend's sister, wife of a French government minister, sounds desperate over the cell phone; Aimee reluctantly agreed to meet her as soon as she finishes delivering a network security system.Apparently Anais learned that her spouse was having an affair with someone named Sylvie in the Belleville section of town. Anais decides to confront the mistress just as Aimee arrives. A bomb explodes, killing Sylvie. Aimee makes some quick inquiries of the local, mostly Arab immigrant community, and learns that Sylvie is known here as Eugenie Grandet, allegedly a member of a North African radical group. As Aimee continues to investigate, the group and French government officials agree that they want her to stop what she is doing; though they go about achieving their requests quite differently. Murder In Belleville is an exciting private investigation novel that hooks the reader from start to finish. The story line works not just because of the action, but because of the depth provided by the secondary cast, especially the residents of Belleville. Aimee retains the strength of character she displayed in her debut (see Murder In The Marais) and repeat players (her partner and a police officer) augment the reader's understanding of her. Cara Black shows she is not a one-book wonder as her talent surfaces once again with a powerful who-done-it.
Praise for Murder in Belleville
“If you've always wanted to visit Paris, skip the airfare and read Cara Black's Murder in Belleville instead. It's so authentic you can practically smell the fresh baguettes and coffee.”
"While Aimée grounds the novel with her strong, savy personality, in Murder in Belleville the real star of the show is Cara Black's depiction of contemporary Paris with its racial tensions and seedly underworld. The sights, sounds and smells of the city are captured in exquisite detail."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Cara Black and Aimée Leduc are to Paris what Sara Paretsky and V.I. Warshawski are to Chicago . . . She makes Paris come alive as no one has since Georges Simenon."
—Stuart M. Kaminsky
"Intriguing . . . The suspense begins immediately . . . Some of Black's strongest writing is in her descriptions of Belleville's heady atmosphere."
"Blurring the edge between mystery and thriller, Black’s second makes April in Paris more spine-tingling but more beautiful than ever."
Praise for the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series
“Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.”
“Wry, complex, sophisticated, intensely Parisian . . . One of the very best heroines in crime fiction today.”
“As always, with airfares so high, Black offers armchair travelers a whirlwind trip through the City of Light.”
“Paris, as always, sparkles in all its gargoyled, dusty, cobblestoned glory.”
“Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris—forever Aimée.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Leduc has a network of loyal friends to aid in her escapades. Pity the knife-wielding villain who offends that infallible sense of style.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“A tightly spun web worthy of a classic spy thriller . . . Leduc’s City of Light is a stylish, dangerous place.”
—The Washington Post
“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
“Chic and utterly charming.”
—The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Addictive . . . Leduc is always a reliable and charming guide to the city’s lesser-known corners.”