Cara Black lives in San Francisco and is a frequent visitor to Paris. She is the author of the Aimee Leduc series, of which Murder in Belleville and Murder in the Marais are available from Turnaround.
After completing Anthony Award-nominee Black's third Aimee Leduc mystery, those who haven't read the first two in the series Murder in Belleville and Murder in the Marais won't rest easy until they've devoured the earlier volumes as well. One of the best new writers in the field today, Black sets her novels in a Paris so real one can hear and smell the street. Her characters are just as real, in particular her heroine, the daughter of an American, Sydney Leduc, who disappeared when Aimee was eight years old, and a Parisian cop, Jean-Claude Leduc, who was murdered and from whom she inherited a detective agency that specializes in computer security. Aimee has always wanted to know the truth about her missing mother, so when she gets a phone call from a woman with a German accent claiming to have known her mother in prison she agrees to meet the mysterious caller in the Sentier (the garment district). Back in the '60s, Sydney was involved with a gang of young terrorists. Some of them kidnapped a wealthy man and looted his home of bonds and art works. A former gang member knows the location of the treasure, and another is stalking the survivors of the gang, killing them off. What did her mother have to do with these people? How guilty was she of their crimes? And is she still alive? This is the stuff of a thoroughly engrossing story that's never less than compelling. The subtly sinister jacket photo of a Parisian street scene perfectly captures the spirit of the text. (Apr.) Forecast: Blurbs from such big names as Laurie King, Robert Barnard and Marcia Muller, plus a 10-city author tour with Peter Lovesey, will help raise the profile of this young writer, about whom there was a lot of buzz at last summer's Bouchercon. Those Francophiles that sent Adam Gopnik's To Paris and the Moon into extra printings could also help. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"an authentic puzzle that unravels surprisingly yet logically in a setting of unrivalled charm" - Kirkus Reviews "One of the best new writers in the field today, Black sets her novels in a Paris so real one can hear and smell the street [...] the stuff of a thoroughly engrossing story that's never less than compelling" - Publisher's Weekly
When a mysterious visitor promises contact with her long-lost mother, Aime Leduc finds herself hot on the trail of the Seventies radicals with whom her mother was evidently associated. The result is not just good suspense but an affecting and realistic psychological study of a daughter's coming to terms with an absent parent. This is another high-class mystery from Black, whose previous works in the series (Murder in Belleville, Murder in the Marais) have the same indelible sense of place and sophisticated political context. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.