Murder on the Left Bank (Aimee Leduc Investigation #18) (Hardcover)
"A Paris detective for a father and a mother who is some sort of spy give Aimee Leduc an edge in the world of private detecting. Her mother makes a dramatic entry into this story, but her father is dead. Aimee will follow any lead that might expose the murderous culprits who are adding still more bodies as they attempt to destroy documents that could uncover decades of crimes. This is one series set so convincingly in Paris you can almost smell the croissants. Part of the story is set at the Gobelins factory where tapestries were created for Louis the fourteenth almost four hundred years ago. Another twist is the S. E. Asian gang and their many victims. They control the neighborhood where Aimee seeks informants. The author actually provides a map so you can follow the many chases through the streets and neighborhoods. Cara Black’s newest in a series is a good summer read or an escape anytime."--Reviewed by Dora— From Dora Recommends
A confession fifty years in the making puts everyone's favorite Paris d t ctive tr's chic, Aim e Leduc, on a collision course with the "Hand," a cabal of corrupt Parisian cops among who masterminded her father's murder--and among whose ranks he might have once found membership. When a friend's child is kidnapped while wearing her daughter's hoodie, Aim e realizes that the case has crossed into the realm of the personal in more ways than one. A dying man drags his oxygen machine into the office of ric Besson, a lawyer in Paris's 13th arrondissement. The old man, an accountant, is carrying a dilapidated notebook full of meticulous investment records. For decades, he has been helping a cadre of dirty cops launder stolen money. The notebook contains his full confession--he's waited 50 years to make it, and now it can't wait another day. He is adamant that Besson get the notebook into the hands of La Proc, Paris's chief prosecuting attorney, so the corruption can finally be brought to light. But en route to La Proc, Besson's courier--his assistant and nephew--is murdered, and the notebook disappears. Grief-stricken ric Besson tries to hire private investigator Aim e Leduc to find the notebook, but she is reluctant to get involved. Her father was a cop and was murdered by the same dirty syndicate the notebook implicates. She's not sure which she's more afraid of, the dangerous men who would kill for the notebook or the idea that her father's name might be among the dirty cops listed within it. Ultimately that's the reason she must take the case, which leads her across the Left Bank, from the Cambodian enclave of Khmer Rouge refugees to the ancient royal tapestry factories to the modern art galleries.
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.