Murder on the Left Bank
by Black, Cara

"The eighteenth mystery in the New York Times bestselling Parisian detective series! A dying man drags his oxygen machine into the office of eric 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 eric Besson tries to hire private investigator Aimee 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"-

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.

The unanswered questions that haunt Parisian PI Aimée Leduc's life-the circumstances behind her father's murder and her mother's disappearance-keep resurfacing, little bits of the puzzle slotting into place while the full picture remains incomplete. So it is again in this eighteenth entry in Black's beloved series, as Aimée is persuaded by a lawyer to hunt for a missing notebook given to him by a dying client. The notebook, Aimée learns, contains records of how a notorious syndicate of dirty cops laundered money. Finding the notebook might be a mixed blessing for Aimée: her father's name may appear in it as one of the dirty cops on the take, but it could also lead Aimée to his killers. As usual in this series, Aimée's search for answers prompts a helter-skelter, against-the-clock tour of the city's streets, this time mainly in the thirteenth arrondissement, where the trail leads her both to the district's Vietnamese neighborhood and to the remnants of the once-flourishing tapestry industry, both providing tantalizing subplots. For longtime Aimée fans-and are there any other kind, really?-this episode is particularly poignant, both for the backstory it reveals and what it suggests about the future. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Aimée Leduc (Murder in Saint-Germain, 2017, etc.) chases across Paris' low-rent district in search of a World War II-era dossier. Attorney Éric Besson can't believe there might be anything of value in the notebook Holocaust survivor Léo Solomon brings him wrapped in old twine. But the aging accountant insists the document must be presented to la Procureur de la République that very day. To pacify the old coot, Besson gives the packet to his sister's kid Marcus, who serves as his office boy, for delivery. But Besson's nephew delays his mission to spend a couple of hours at a hotel with his girlfriend, Karine. A couple of thugs break in and cut his date short, and by the time Marcus' body is discovered, Karine and the diary are nowhere to be found. Though Besson doesn't want to spend any more effort on Solomon, his diary, or even finding Marcus' killer, the case is red meat to Aimée. She thrives on redressing old wrongs. And as she pokes into the first few layers of the puzzle, she begins to suspect that Solomon's diary may include incriminating evidence against members of "the Hand," a part-political, part-criminal organization that may have been complicit in her father's death. Her partner in Leduc Detectives René Friant, warns her that the case will put both Aimée and her 10-month-old daughter in the cross hairs of some very bad people. Of course Aimée ignores René, and of course she and Chloé end up running for their lives. How many times will readers watch Aimée try desperately to shield her bébé from the consequences of her off-the books investigations? On ne sait jamais. Like her earlier entries, Black's latest is refreshingly free from the focus on French food culture that marks provincial mysteries and gratifyingly full of local Parisian color. But a little more variation in the detection menu would be welcome. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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