Murder at the Lanterne Rouge (Paperback)
Soho Crime, 9781616952143, 298pp.
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
March 2012 Indie Next List
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Lost secrets of the Parisian Knights Templar, dangerous Chinatown sweatshops, dirty policemen, and botched affairs of the heart the 12th Aimee Leduc mystery is the most exciting yet
Aimee Leduc is happy her longtime business partner Rene has found a girlfriend. It's not her fault if she can t suppress her doubts about the relationship. And her misgivings may not be far off the mark: Meizi disappears during a Chinatown dinner to take a phone call and never returns to the restaurant. Minutes later, the body of a young man, a science prodigy and volunteer at the nearby Musee, is found shrink-wrapped in an alleyway with Meizi's photo in his wallet.
Aimee does not like this scenario one bit, but she can t figure out how the murder is connected to Meizi's disappearance. The dead genius was sitting on a discovery that has France's secret service keeping tabs on him. Now they re keeping tabs on Aimee. What has she gotten herself into? And can she get herself and her friends back out of it alive?
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Praise For Murder at the Lanterne Rouge…
"Outstanding.... Readers will relish realistic villains and an evocative atmosphere that begs for a trip to the City of Lights."—Publishers Weekly (STARRED review)
“The Paris investigator is a perpetual-motion machine, and she’s almost always inappropriately dressed for highspeed galivanting: heels, miniskirts, leopard prints—Aimée never sacrifices style for convenience…. Thickening her plot like a French chef stirring coq au vin, Black throws a murdered scientist, a human-trafficking scandal, the Knights Templar, and revelations about Aimée’s long-presumed-dead mother into the pot, leaving readers nearly as breathless as Aimée, who hurtles her way toward the conclusion. Fans of the series know the formula and don’t mind a bit that it rarely varies. Paris never needs a new look, and neither does Aimée Leduc.” —Booklist
“The pace accelerates as fast as Aimee’s Vespa. The details of the series, Aimee’s love of vintage couture, her love life, and the specter of her mother’s disappearance, all make welcome appearances here. Murder at the Lanterne Rouge is wonderfully plotted, and Cara Black ties together the past and present with élan.” —New York Journal of Books
Praise for the Aimée Leduc series:
"Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French."—Alan Furst
"Wry, complex, sophisticated, intensely Parisian.... One of the very best heroines in crime fiction today."—Lee Child
"So authentic you can practically smell the fresh baguettes and coffee."—Val McDermid