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Murder in the Rue de Paradis (Aimee Leduc Investigations, No. 8) Paperback – March 1, 2009

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Book 8 of 16 in the Aimee Leduc Series

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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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Praise for Murder in the Rue de Paradis

“A tightly spun web worthy of a classic spy thriller . . . 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 thirdgeneration Sam Spade in couture.”
Washington Post Book World

“Brimming with Middle Eastern intrigue that reflects the modern era.”
The Christian Science Monitor

“Black deftly makes the history of the city resonate . . . Murder in the Rue de Paradis is a page-turner, but some of its pages invite you to linger and reflect.”
San Francisco Gate

"Riveting . . . Aimée Leduc, smart, spirited and sassy, takes the reader on an action-packed ride fueled by the hidden secrets of her beloved Paris."
Publishers Weekly


Praise for the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series


“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

“Cara Black books are good companions. . . . Fine characters, good suspense, but, best of all, they are transcendently, 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

“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

“Compelling . . . Aimée makes an engaging protagonist, vulnerable beneath her vintage chic clothing and sharp-witted exterior.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569475423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569475423
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's good for this genre to have a female private detective, stylized in the manner of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Agatha Christie, solving mysterious murders that seem to elude police abilities. Cara Black creates good stories. My problem is a feeling that her detective tales are not very well written. There are moments of tension, excitement, pathos and surprise which are well-done and convincing. Many times, however, the dialogue seems forced and unrealistic.

Often there is simply too much irrelevant detail: insignificant page-filling stuff, which Black must believe makes her story's setting credible. Ok, already, we KNOW the setting is Paris!! We do not need to be reminded on every page -- perpetually -- of that fact with an over-indulgence of detail. Black, me thinks, likes to show off a bit too much her detailed knowledge of the geography, cafes, monuments, buildings, streets, sounds, smells, views, ambiance, and other unique signs of Paris. We get it, Ms. Black, and you can relax about all that. You're not a Parisienne. You're a San Franciscan. Aimee, herself, would not be lecturing about her knowledge of Paris. Follow Aimee's instincts here, rather than your own.

In her narrative, Black's writing seems a bit "high-school." But perhaps that's because Aimee is portrayed as, while bright and tenacious, not exactly a member of the intelligentsia. Emotions, not brains, rule Aimee's entire life and all her actions.

There are also too many side stories in play. Here the unnecessary distractions are: Aimee's weird newly activated obsession with her long-disappeared mother; Rene's search for new office space; and Black's rather pathetic need to teach us about why there are divisions within Islam.
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This is the eighth Aimee Leduc mystery by Cara Black, set in the 10th arrondisssement, and you will enjoy it more if you have read most of the earlier books. As Aimée is leaving a client's party, Yves, her on-again, off-again journalist lover, steps out of the shadows and invites her for a drink. She nearly declines (she's grown impatient with this yo-yo relationship) but relents & they head for the Canal St. Martin area where he is staying. He's just returned from an assignment in Turkey for Agence France Presse and is working undercover, but he wants her to marry him. She accepts...but late in the morning wakes to find him gone, and her hope of change in him evaporates. She heads angrily for work, only to find a policeman waiting to take her in for questioning. The last call from a homicide victim in rue de Paradis has been made to her rundown cellphone. She is asked to view the victim - who turns out to be Yves.

Aimée's search for Yves's killer (the mysterious "woman" in the chador seen leaving the scene?) takes her into the intricacies of Shia and Sunni Muslim politics as well as the deep-rooted enmity between the Turks and the Kurds. Yves has been reporting on the Kurdish activist groups protesting the displacement of their people by the Turkish government (and its French backers) wanting to establish lucrative dams and power plants in Kurdish territory. Black creates a well-balanced portrait of an Iranian jihadist, Nadira, working undercover as a nanny, but in reality serving as a courier and then an assassin. Nadira is more memorable than many of the other characters, who appear with cinematic brevity primarily as links in the plot, which is quite complex and not always easy to follow.
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That I have read my way through all of the books so far written by Cara Black in the Aimee le Duc series, and I've enjoyed each and every one, is confirmation of my recommendation. Her descriptions are graphic which I love, of the streets, the buildings, the squares, restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, people, history of the district of Paris, and the appropriate use of the beautiful French language. The pace of the story, the plotting of it, the highs, lows, the balance, the characters, ensure that interest is sustained and every page has to be turned. A genre I would love to write as well as CB.
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I love Paris...in the abstract. When I'm there it seems hot, dirty, full of people smoking cigarettes in your face, eating way too much sugar and fat and being rude. Normandy, Provence...not so much.
But I think I'm out of the market segment for this series. Aimee reminds me of one of those non-conformist conformers in my high school sophomore classes. All spiky hair, purple lipstick, and black leotards.
At 15, this is sweet, but shallow.
Hence...I'm not too involved with what happens to her - or the multi-cultural villans she's pursuing...who probably didn't even think to wrap a gauzy scarf around their necks before evildoing.
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"They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all." -- Luke 17:27 (NKJV)

Can you think of another recent mystery series based in Paris that provides such rich detail about a neighborhood, its history, its current inhabitants, the lives of those on society's margins, and intriguing looks at a quartier's underground quirks? Anyone who has read more than two books in the series is bound to have found that combination to be intriguing.

I suspect that some people discover Cara Black in the mistaken belief that she provides for Paris what Donna Leon does for Venice. Mais, non! Ms. Leon takes you into the places that tourists would like to go while Ms. Black takes you to places that many tourists probably pray they will never see.

There's also an intriguing choice of detectives by Cara Black that breaks the mold. Her heroine, Aimee Leduc, doesn't want to be an investigator. She just wants to wear vintage designer clothes bought for little, to have exciting times with handsome "bad" boys, and to earn enough money as a computer security consultant at Leduc Detective to keep her home and business. Her pain is not understanding what happened to her mother and father, an intriguing thread that ties the series together. Rene Friant, her partner, is a genius at hacking into computer systems and is an expert in martial arts despite being a dwarf who walks in pain.

In this novel, Aimee receives more than the comfort of an overnight love affair when Yves Robert, a former lover and investigative reporter for Agence France Press, proposes. After a blissful evening, Aimee is called to identify his slain body.
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