Paris, July 1999: Private investigator Aimée Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she’s being stalked by a ghost—a Serbian warlord her team took down. She’s suffering from PTSD and her boss thinks she’s imagining things. She begs Aimée to investigate—is it possible Mirko Vladić could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta?
Aimée is already working on a huge case; plus, she’s got an eight-month-old baby to take care of. But she can’t say no to Suzanne, whom she owes a big favor. Aimée chases the few leads she has, and all evidence confirms Mirko Vladić is dead. It seems that Suzanne is in fact paranoid, perhaps losing her mind—until Suzanne’s team begins to die in a series of strange, tragic accidents. Are these just coincidences? Or are things not what they seem?
About the Author
Cara Black is the author of eighteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.
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Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg · July 1999
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was even better than the rest. How do you do it? I can't wait to start the next one. I think it is the last one left. Hurry and write more. These make me feel like I am getting to know Paris a little bit. My dream to go sometime.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Fast paced, return of old characters and lots of historical references....made my summer must read list.
I read this out of order, and I was able to follow the characters and plot quite readily. I enjoyed the story very much. It was a nice visit to Paris, in one of my favorite parts of Paris. Aimee doesn't always follow the rules, doesn't always think things out, but I think that makes her very real as a character. I am planning on picking up more of this series.
Recently, Paris has been under siege by Muslim terrorists, but in July, 1999, Aimee LeDuc faced a different danger: A Serbian war criminal supposedly blown up in an explosion years before. The man is sighted by her friend Martine in a local cafe, and when she reports the sighting she is told she is suffering from traumas resulting from what she witnessed while on an official mission on behalf of The Hague seeking war criminals. Martine calls in a favor and asks Aimee to verify the sighting. Busy as she is (Aimee is conducting a huge case and is caring for her eight-month-old daughter while attempting to run her business) undertakes the request. Without leads, the going is rough, but Aimee continues doggedly, following clue by clue. It is an exciting tale, and Aimee faces considerable danger from the former Yugoslavian war lord. While the author sprinkles various street names when describing Aimee’s cab or scooter rides, and the names of various buildings and institutions, somehow the flavor of Paris doesn’t show as colorfully as in previous entries in this long-running series. Whether it is Saint-Germain’s formidable history and architecture or something else, the beautiful area just doesn’t shine as other neighborhoods have to this reviewer. Nevertheless, it is an exciting story, and is recommended.