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Murder in the Marais
Cara Black
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From Publishers' Weekly:

The initial installment of a projected series of mysteries set in Paris, this standout first novel introduces dauntless private investigator Aim‚e Leduc. The French-American, whose specialty is computer forensics, is confronted with a seemingly mundane task: to decipher an encrypted photograph from the '40s and deliver it to an old woman in the Marais (the historic Jewish quarter of Paris). When Aim‚e arrives at the home of Lili Stein to present the photo, however, she finds the woman dead, a swastika carved into her forehead. Thus begins a thrilling, quick-paced chase involving neo-Nazis, corrupt government officials and fierce anti-Semitism. With the help of her partner, Ren‚, a computer hacking expert, Aim‚e uncovers tantalizing clues relating to German war veteran Hartmuth Griffe, the Jewish girl he saved from Auschwitz, a French trade minister and other enigmatic figures. But the data Aim‚e and Ren‚ come up with only takes them so far. In order to understand the true motive behind the killing, Aim‚e must delve into history, confronting older residents of the quarterÄwho'd prefer she leave the past aloneÄand doing some undercover work. The suspense is high as she fraternizes dangerously with the enemy, even becoming briefly involved with an Aryan supremacist. Black knows Paris well, and in her first-rate debut she deftly combines fascinating anecdotes from the city's war years with classic images of the City of Lights. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Although set in Paris in the early 1990s, Black's new series start harks back to World War II crimes. Private investigator Aim‚e Leduc becomes involved when she discovers the body of an elderly Jewish woman whose forehead has been inscribed with a swastika. With the arrival of a German trade delegation, meanwhile, the existence of a powerful covert group comprising former SS officers becomes clear. Aim‚e's subsequent investigation exposes the connection between a war-time romance gone wrong and the modern-day murder. Literate prose, intricate plotting, and multifaceted and unusual characters mark this excellent first mystery. Strongly recommended for most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Aimee Leduc
Female
French American
Her American mother disappeared when she was eight; father was a Parisian cop who was murdered; inherited a detective agency.
Security expert

Rene Friant
Male
French
Aimee's partner.
Private investigator



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