Ghosts of Saint-Michel by Jake Lamar
(American Mysteries in Paris, featuring Ricky Jenks)

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Marva Dobbs has a life most people would envy. An American who has lived in Paris for most of her adult life, she runs a popular African-American soul food restaurant, and her thirty-year marriage has produced a beautiful grown-up daughter. So why is she jeopardizing everything for a fling with her sous-chef, a mysterious twenty-eight-year-old Algerian man named Hassan?
Marva begins to ask herself the same question when she returns from summer vacation to find that Hassan is missing, and that he is the main suspect in the investigation into the bombing of a building in Paris that left one man dead. And then she disappears, leaving her bewildered daughter and secretive husband to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Ghosts of Saint-Michel is the talented Jake Lamar’s second romantic thriller to be set in the bohemian Eighteenth Arrondissement of the City of Light.

About Jake Lamar

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Jake Lamar is the author of the acclaimed memoir Bourgeois Blues and three novels. Born and raised in the Bronx in New York City, he graduated from Harvard University and then spent six years writing for Time magazine. Ten years ago he went to Paris intending to stay for a year; he now lives there full-time with his wife.
Published April 1, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As it turns out, Marva has escaped serious injury, escaping as well from the hospital to go into hiding with the enigmatic though irresistible Hassan.

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Lamar's second novel set in Paris's 18th arrondissement (after 2003's Rendezvous Eighteenth) may put off some readers with its suggestion that forces in the U.S. government, who wanted to wake the country up with a second Pearl Harbor, allowed the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pe...

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There are some writers who, you get the feeling, are just too nice to write crime fiction -- and I reckon Jake Lamar is one of them.

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