Murder in Passy by Cara Black
An Aimee Leduc Investigation

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The village-like neighborhood of Passy, home to many of Paris’s wealthiest residents, is the last place one would expect a murder. But when Aimée Leduc’s godfather, Morbier, a police commissaire, asks her to check on his girlfriend at her home there, that’s exactly what Aimée finds. Xavierre, a haut bourgeois matron of Basque origin, is strangled in her garden while Aimée waits inside. Circumstantial evidence makes Morbier the prime suspect, and to vindicate him, Aimée must identify the real killer. Her investigation leads her to police corruption; the radical Basque terrorist group, ETA; and a kidnapped Spanish princess.
 

About Cara Black

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Cara Black is the author of eleven previous books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series, all of which are available from Soho Crime. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Soho Crime. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Scared but determined, Aimée infuriates René by taking time away from paying clients like Michel to search for the remaining members of Action-Réaction, the French counterpart to the radical Haader-Rofmein gang, who 20 years ago kidnapped a German industrialist named Laborde only to be hunted by ...

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Csarda’s dinner companion, private detective Aimée Leduc (Murder in the Sentier, 2002, etc.), gets a little something extra for dessert: She’s attacked outside Mathieu’s shop as she waits there to return a cell phone left by the chic blond at the next table.

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To try to rest her fragile optic nerve, Aimée (Murder in the Bastille, 2003, etc.) studies meditation at a storefront Cao Dai temple, where she meets Linh, a Vietnamese nun new to Paris.

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The last time Aimée Leduc saw her lover was on a Paris street corner as he waved goodbye and left for an undercover assignment with Agence France Presse.

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While DJ tries to win his release by beating information out of his cellmate, Aimée looks for clues near Place Victor Hugo, starting with the studio of Agustino, a painter who knew fellow Basque Xavierre from their school days in Bayonne.

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Murder strikes close to home when Aimée Leduc (Murder in Palais Royal, 2009, etc.) finds her godfather charged with a crime passionelle.

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PI Aimée Leduc is in the dark not only figuratively but literally after a mysterious attack leaves her blinded at the start of her fourth absorbing Paris mystery (after 2002's Murder in the Sentier).

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The initial installment of a projected series of mysteries set in Paris, this standout first novel introduces dauntless private investigator Aim e Leduc.

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There is so much frenzied activity going on during the three days that Aimée Leduc is trying to solve a murder for which her beloved godfather and police Commissaire Morbier is the prime suspect, that it’s a wonder she has anytime to sleep.Perhaps if she had been able to stop for an espresso and ...

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San Francisco Chronicle

But every part of the city has its secrets and political intrigues, as Black's many fans have learned, and behind the walls of the stately hôtels particuliers near the Impressionist Musée Marmottan and below the streets in abandoned tunnels formerly used as Nazi torture chambers, we find a captiv...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Aimée is alarmed when she finds out that their evidence implicates Morbier as Xavierre's murderer The commissaire has made enemies within the police force who are delighted to hang this crime on him so it is up to Aimée to prove him innocent.

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Mysterious Reviews

The author clearly did some research on the Basque community for this book, but the incorporation of her research into this murder mystery plot seems forced, and not a natural consequence of the events leading up to and surrounding Xavierre's murder, or of Aimée's subsequent investigation — which...

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