Murder in the Marais

Murder in the Marais

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Random House, Inc.
Aimée Leduc, a Parisian private investigator, has always sworn she would stick to tech investigation—no criminal cases for her. Especially since her father, the late police detective, was killed in the line of duty. But when an old Jewish man approaches Aimée with a top-secret decoding job on behalf of a woman in his synagogue, Aimée unwittingly takes on more than she was expecting. When she goes to drop off her findings at her client's house in the Marais, Paris's historic Jewish quarter, she finds the old woman strangled, a swastika carved on her forehead. With the help of her partner, René, Aimée sets out to solve this horrendous crime, but finds herself in an increasingly dangerous web of ancient secrets and buried war crimes.

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Baker & Taylor
Detective Aime+a7e Leduc makes her debut in the first in a series of mysteries, going undercover inside a neo-Nazi group to ferret out a killer in the old Jewish quarter of Paris. A first novel.

Perseus Publishing

The first installment in the Anthony Award-nominated series set in Paris, featuring Detective Aimée Leduc. Other books in the series, also available from Soho: Murder in the Sentier, Murder in Belleville, and Murder in the Bastille.

"A Paris so real one can hear and smell the street. Her characters are just as real. . . . Compelling."—Publishers Weekly, starred

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Blackwell North Amer
It is Paris, November 1993, and Aimee Leduc, a young private detective, 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 Paris. When she gets there, she finds a corpse on whose forehead is carved a swastika. With the help of her partner, a dwarf with extraordinary computer skills, she determines to solve this horrendous crime. Her search for the killer leads her undercover inside a neo-Nazi group, to the next prime minister who is about to sign a trade agreement reminiscent of the old Vichy laws, and to a German war veteran. As the murders pile up Aimee finds herself in the middle of a dangerous game of current politics and old war crimes.

& Taylor

Detective Aimee Leduc goes undercover inside a neo-Nazi group to ferret out a killer in the old Jewish quarter of Paris

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Soho Press, c1998.
ISBN: 9781569471593
Characteristics: 354 p. : map ; 20 cm.


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Dec 11, 2016

(The first book in the Aimee Leduc series)

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 06, 2014

She’s young, tough and determined to solve a fifty-year-old crime. Detective Aimee Leduc soon finds herself embroiled in a dangerous game of current politics and old war crimes. Neo-nazi punks, Jewish rabbis and the ancient streets of Paris make for non-stop action in this impressive debut mystery.

hania4987 Aug 09, 2013

Interesting start to a series. Set in contemporary Paris, this story has its roots in the not too distant past. Looking forward to reading more Aimee's adventures.

Apr 25, 2013

Fans of mysteries in exotic locals will gravitate to Cara Black's Aimee Leduc Investigations, which begins with Murder in the Marais. The story is character-driven introducing both major and minor characters in great detail, but not always following through. Black weaves a great deal of French words into the story. Readers unfamiliar with the French language may find this distracting and confusing. In many places, the French was hard to decipher out from the context of the sentence or paragraph. Overall, I believe this will be a popular title with mystery readers who like a bit of history and back story.


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