Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis by Cara Black
(Aimee Leduc Investigations, No. 7)

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Aimée is faced with a tight deadline on a computer security contract when a telephone call from a stranger leads her to an abandoned infant. She brings the baby to her home and names her Stella. She expects the mother to reclaim the child, but days pass as Aimée tries in vain to discover her identity. Her partner, René, urges her to turn the baby over to the authorities, but for Aimée this is too close to her own abandonment by her mother.
 
The search brings her among ecological protesters and oil company tycoons, newspapermen and would-be actresses, as demonstrators near her home on the Ile Saint-Louis, in the heart of Paris, march against the pollution of the North Sea only to be dispersed by armed police.
 
Two murders and an abortive bombing keep Aimée running until, in the sewers beneath the Seine, she finds the woman she has been looking for, only to discover that the man she has just fallen for is a cold-hearted criminal.


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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, 2007 by Soho Crime. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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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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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Sacault, who tells her that Pascal worked for DST, offers her information about her mother, who disappeared when Aimée was eight, in return for her help.

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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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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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By the time she navigates her partner Rene’s Citroën to Rue des Cascades, Anaïs has left, and Leduc follows her trail through Belleville, formerly home to Edith Piaf, but now swarming with Paris’s pieds-noirs—Algerian immigrants who work at whatever jobs they can get without French passports—find...

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Aimée’s search for Mireille becomes all the more pressing when Darquin, the night watchman at Benoît’s Osteologique Anatomie Comparée lab, is pushed to his death into traffic, and Huby, Benoit’s research assistant, is thrown from a window, leaving Aimée frantic at the thought of losing the sister...

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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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When someone plants a backpack filled with kerosene bombs on Krzysztof, Aimée turns to freelance filmmaker Claude Nederovique, whose footage of the MondeFocus rally she counts on to exonerate the prince and lead her to Stella’s mother—and whose charms she cannot resist.

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Intrepid Aimée Leduc strives to clear the name of a childhood friend, policewoman Laure Rousseau, who's charged with shooting her partner to death, in Black's chilling sixth novel to feature the Paris PI (after 2005's Murder in Clichy ).

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Two weeks after Princess Diana's death in Paris in 1997, an illegal Haitian immigrant named Mireille walks into Aimée Leduc's office, claiming that Aimée's late father was also her father.

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At the start of Black’s outstanding 12th novel featuring PI Aimée Leduc (after 2011’s Murder in Passy), Aimée attends a birthday party for Meizi Wu, the girlfriend of René, her agency partner, in the smallest and oldest of Paris’s four Chinatowns.

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A tantalizing clue to the whereabouts of Paris PI Aimée Leduc’s mysterious mother puts a personal spin on Black’s intricate 13th mystery set in contemporary Paris (after 2012’s Murder at the Lantern Rouge).

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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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With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?In this Aurora Teagarden mystery, Roe is given the Julius House as a wedding present, the previous owners having disappeared mysteriously without trace.The creator of Sookie Stackhouse brings us Lily Bard, ...

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Cara Black's seventh novel starring the tough and single-minded Aimee Leduc starts when the computer security expert finds an abandoned baby near her apartment.

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