Murder on the Left Bank has been nominated for a Northern California Book Award in the Martin Cruz Smith Award in Suspense/Mystery category!
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Now Available: Murder on the Left Bank
“Cara Black takes the classic ingredients of the genre and puts a new Gallic spin on them. The finest PI series now being written.”
—Mick Herron, CWA Gold and Steel Dagger-winning author of London Rules
“Murder on the Left Bank boasts all of Black’s trademark charms, including deft plotting, sharp dialog and colorful sights and sounds… as always, it’s Aimée’s genial, upstart personality that carries the day.”
—Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Tribune
“Aimée Leduc is a gem: a stylish, brave private detective (and new mom) who zips around Paris on a scooter… Black treats us to another of her beguiling tours of some of Paris’ little-known corners.”
—Adam Woog, Seattle Times
“Cara Black’s 18th novel about Aimée Leduc features one of her strongest mysteries… But the real joy of Murder on the Left Bank is in its familiar cast and its thoughtful, witty, occasionally melancholy evocation of Paris, the city where we keep so many of our most beautiful ideas about what life might mean.”
—Charles Finch, USA Today
“Even after 17 books, Ms. Black has intriguing corners of Paris to reveal—from an enclave of ateliers once home to the likes of Gauguin and Rodin to a crime-ridden neighborhood where ‘no one wanted to be witnessed witnessing.’ And her heroine remains an unpredictable work in progress herself…”
—Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
A dying man drags his oxygen machine into the office of Éric 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 Éric Besson tries to hire private investigator Aimée 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.
Read about the real agency that inspired the Aimée Leduc series! Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris
Now Available in Paperback: Murder in Saint-Germain
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times best-selling book!
BEST OF 2017!
Murder in Saint-Germain is on the list of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2017!
The New York Times reviews Murder in Saint-Germain! “This is Black’s 17th Leduc novel, each set in a different neighborhood, and the formula still charms… the abiding pleasure of this series is the chance to ride with a cabdriver who wants to discuss Sartre or just tearing around Paris on Aimée’s pink Vespa, making stops at the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Île Saint-Louis, where Aimée has an apartment. Lucky girl.”
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 she thought she’d killed. 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, 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 turn up dead in a series of strange, tragic accidents. Are these just coincidences? Or are things not what they seem?
“An atmospheric thriller with a savvy take on international arms dealing.”
—BBC Culture, Best Beach Reads of 2017
“A mystery as sharp as Aimée’s designer stiletto heels… Black juggles numerous plot lines with panache and brings to life the charm and grit of Paris.”
“Black’s detective is hitting her post-pregnancy stride, bringing up bébé while battling the bad guys with the best of them.”
“The pace is, as ever, lickety-split, the sleuthing complex and the small pauses to savour Saint-Germain’s glories delightfully educational.”