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Murder in the Marais by Cara Black

Murder in the Marais

Part of the Aimee Leduc Series


Murder in the Marais by Cara Black

In the Jewish quarter of Paris an old nightmare is reborn.Aimee Leduc, a half-American, half-French investigator in Paris, is approached by a rabbi to decipher a fifty-year-old encrypted photograph and deliver it to an old woman in the Marais, the old Jewish quarter of the city. When she does so, she finds a corpse on whose forehead a swastika has been carved. With the help of her partner Rene, a dwarf with extraordinary computer skills, she sets out to solve this horrible crime and finds herself caught up in a dangerous game with links to both modern politics and crimes from the Second World War.


An accomplished, absorbing debut whose matter-of-fact heroine can't predict the ways her simple case of multiple murder will end up end up entangling the economic future of Europe. * Kirkus Review * This standout first novel introduces dauntless private investigator Aimee Leduc...a thrilling quick-paced chase involving neo-Nazis, corrupt government officials and fierce anti-Semitism. The suspense is high. Black knows Paris well and in her first-rate debut she deftly combines fascinating anecdotes from the city's war year with classic images of the City of Lights. * Publishers Weekly starred review * If the cobblestones of the old Marais district of Paris could only talk, they might tell a tale as haunting as the one Cara Black spins in her evocative debut mystery, Murder in the Marais...the thoughtful story uses the murder of a Jewish war survivor as a window on the still unsettled past. Aimee Leduc, the gutsy young sleuth who is hired by a hunter of Nazi war criminals investigates...related in flashback scenes about a Gestapo officer and the Jewish girl who loved him, the memories are sad enough to melt stone. * NY Times Book Review * If you've always wanted to visit Paris, skip the air fare and read Cara Black... It's so authentic you can practically smell the fresh baguettes and coffee. * Val McDermid *

About the Author

Cara Black lives in Noe Valley with her bookseller husband, Jun, owner of Foto-Graphix Books, and her son, Tate. She's a San Francisco Library Laureate, Macavity and three time Anthony award-nominee for her series, Aimee Leduc Investigations, set in Paris. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Crime Writers and the Marais Historique Society in Paris. She gets to Paris as often as she can.You can also check out her website:

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Publication date

20th September 2002


Cara Black

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Constable an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


224 pages


Crime & mystery



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