Beleaguered Parisian investigator Aimée Leduc has a couple of new problems: her best friend and partner, Rene Friant, has decamped to Silicon Valley, and, equally disturbing, Aimée is having trouble fitting into her vintage Dior. All that pales in comparison, however, when she receives a phone call from a Russian manwho wants her to find a lost painting and who claims to have known Aimée’s long-vanished mother. Any mention of Maman sends Aimée into high gear, and that turns out to be a very good thing as the plot strands start raining down on her like golf-ball-sized hailstones: the missing painting is an unknown Modigliani, a portrait of Lenin done when he lived in Paris, and its allure prompts multiple murders in the quartier below Montparnasse, where latter-day revolutionaries continue to plot and counterplot; Rene has his own crisis when it turns out his new bosses are crooks; and let’s not forget the Serb who is determined to kill Aimée and her friend Saj. Longtime fans of the series will turn pages frantically, hoping to finally meet Aimée’s mother, and, as always, Black directs traffic with panache. --Bill Ott
Praise for New York Times Bestselling Murder Below Montparnasse
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—The Strand Magazine Best Books of 2013
"Francophiles and mystery-novel lovers alike will devour investigator Aimée Leduc's latest outing, which takes her through the gorgeous if treacherous world of black-market art in Paris, as she safeguards a long-lost Modigliani painting."
"As always, with airfares so high, Black offers armchair travelers a whirlwind trip through the City of Light."
—Carol Memmott, USA Today
“Aimée Leduc, the appealing sleuth in this series...is always zipping around on her pink Vespa, carrying out some "quick and dirty" computer security job. But she keeps up a running commentary on whatever quartier of the city her work takes her to. Here it's the unfashionable backside of Montparnasse.... This unassuming neighborhood is a rich one for the purposes of a plot that hangs on a Modigliani canvas and involves Russian émigrés and Surrealist artists, including some who live on in legend.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“[Black's] tone is lighter than in most other Euro-noir. After all, this is Paris....The spice in this tale, set in 1998, involves a long-hidden, newly stolen Modigliani that Leduc is hired to retrieve. Before she can even begin hunting, her client is killed.... Fortunately, Leduc has a network of loyal friends to aid in her escapades. Pity the knife-wielding villain who offends that infallible sense of style.”
—Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
"Aimée Leduc is never less than chic."
—Adam Woog, The Seattle Times
"For those who love or long for Paris, Cara Black's Murder Below Montparnasse is an intriguing wander through the streets of the French capital."
"A breathless tale of double-, triple- and quadruple-crosses as the private eye finds herself at the heart of a century-old plot that incorporates not only the great painters of the avant garde but also one Vladimir Illyich Lenin."
—The Irish Times
“Thoroughly and intriguingly plotted, as always...[grabs] the reader from its opening pages to its heart-rending denouement. Further, the Paris setting, especially its Montparnasse locale, is marvelously evoked by Black, a frequent visitor to France. A visitor she may be, but she writes of The City of Lights like a native Parisian.”
—Ted Hertel, Deadly Pleasures
"Brisk, engaging.... Another great Aimée Leduc read; fans will be intrigued by the new developments."
—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal
“Aimée [goes] into high gear, and that turns out to be a very good thing as the plot strands start raining down on her like golf-ball-sized hailstones...Longtime fans of the series will turn pages frantically, hoping to finally meet Aimée’s mother, and, as always, Black directs traffic with panache.”
"Black is an old pro with a ear for language and dialogue and a gift for knowing just when to pop the next surprise."
—The Denver Post
"As usual, Cara Black imparts her love for Paris. Here she vividly sketches the past glamour of Montparnasse."
—New York Journal of Books
"Murder Below Montparnasse is fast-paced, exciting and interesting."
"This series gets better and better with each book, and I can't wait to see what sort of trouble Aimée gets into next!"
"Dressed in black leather leggings, ballet flats, a retro-Pucci silk tunic topped by a flounced jacket, sitting on a Recamier sofa, her bichon frise Miles Davis beside her, discussing the latest case with her associates, dwarf-like computer expert René Friant and down-at-the heels aristocrat Saj de Rosnay, she can only be Aimée Leduc, the most famous private detective in Paris."
—The Baton Rouge Advocate
"Black’s writing is wonderfully evocative, making you feel like you’re walking on the streets of Paris with Aimee or ducking into a bistro with her. Even if you haven’t read any of the previous books, you can jump into the series with this novel without much effort, and with the reward of reading a wonderfully crafted and involving mystery."
Praise for the Aimée Leduc series
"Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris—forever Aimée."
—New York Times Book Review
"Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French."
─Alan Furst, author of Night Soldiers
"Wry, complex, sophisticated, intensely Parisian.... One of the very best heroines in crime fiction today."
─Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series
"So authentic you can practically smell the fresh baguettes and coffee."
—Val McDermid, author of The Mermaids Singing
“[Cara Black] is on to a good thing: each of her novels is set in a colorful Parisian neighborhood—and there are a lot of them. The cumulative result of reading this addictive series is a sort of mini-tour of the city, as seen through a filter of fictional murder.... Leduc is always a reliable and charming guide to the city's lesser-known corners.”
—The Seattle Times
“Black creates rich, plausible characters, giving them individuality and depth.”
—San Francisco Gate
“Brilliant.... Turn to the Aimee Leduc series for edge-of-your-seat action and intelligent commentary on the world and the past.”
“Cara Black never fails to bring Paris alive in each of the twelve books.”
—Murder By Type