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The Resource Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis, Cara Black

Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis, Cara Black

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Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis
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Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis
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Cara Black
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eng
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  • Aimee Leduc, computer-security analyst and intrepid sleuth, usually needs to wander the arrondisements of Paris to find murder cases in which to involve herself. This time, though, the murder comes to the doorstep of her apartment building on the citys historic Ile Saint-Louis. Not only does Aimee find herself in the middle of a murder investigation, she also finds a baby in her arms--left on that same doorstep by an unknown woman. Following the babys trail leads her to a violent conflict between environmentalists and an oil company. As the bodies accumulate, Aimee must sort out good guys from bad on both sides of the dispute. Meanwhile, the ever-hip investigator must come to terms with the emergence of some shocking maternal instincts. Black again makes the most of her setting, drawing on the juicy history of the Ile Saint-Louis--a crucial scene takes place on the Rue de la Femme-sans-tete (road of the headless woman)--but this time the plot lacks a bit of the sizzle that sparked previous episodes. Still, this series remains must reading for fans of the jauntier side of European crime fiction. -- Bill Ott (Reviewed 12-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 7, p24)
  • /* Starred Review */ At the start of Black's gripping seventh mystery to feature Parisian computer expert Aimée Leduc (after 2006's Murder in Montmartre ), a distraught, late-night anonymous phone call distracts Aimée from her deadline and sends her to the courtyard of her Ile Saint-Louis building, where she finds an infant girl. After the caller never shows up for her baby (whom Aimée decides to care for), Aimée wonders if the woman may have become an "Yvette," a Jane Doe dragged from the Seine. She follows a tenuous lead to discover the caller's identity, bringing her Samaritan impulses into direct conflict with her business sense. A wonderfully complex plot is lent immediacy by environmental activists agitating against a proposed oil agreement—secondary characters who play a crucial role in the intrigue. This Paris has a gritty, edgy feel, and Black's prose evokes the sound of the Seine rising with the spring thaw. Aimée makes an engaging protagonist, vulnerable beneath her vintage chic clothing and sharp-witted exterior. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 8, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 2, p35)
  • Here's a surprise for Aimée Leduc fans: she's got a baby. No, it's not hers, though it is surely awakening tender feelings in our tough detective. Aimée has found the little tyke near her apartment after receiving a desperate phone call from a woman whose voice she does not recognize. Soon, she's juggling diapers and security updates for the mighty Regnault company while trying to track down the baby's mother. Her twisty search leads her to a group of protesters whose march to halt government collusion with a polluting oil company has ended in fiasco; someone has planted Molotov cocktails on a protester to make the marchers look less than peaceful. Aimée's efforts lead her from framed protestor Kryzsztof, scion of a noble Polish family on hard times in Paris, to enigmatic filmmaker Claude, who covered the march, and eventually straight into the Seine for a good dunking and a slimy schlep through the nearby tunnels to arrive at the truth. And never fear, despite the baby entanglements, Aimée does get a man (in her usual here-and-gone manner). Another taut, well-observed, and thoroughly entertaining Aimée Leduc mystery, this book continues the series' blend of suspense and attitude engag ée while nicely developing our heroine's character. For all mystery collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 11/1/06.]—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed November 1, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 18, p57)
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153427
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1951-
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Black, Cara
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no index present
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PS3552.L297
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M86 2007
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fiction
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True
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An Aimée Leduc investigation
Series volume
0007
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  • Leduc, Aimee (Fictitious character)
  • Women private investigators
  • Foundlings
  • Ile Saint-Louis (Paris, France)
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an Aimee Leduc investigation
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Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis, Cara Black
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21 cm.
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294 p.
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9781569474440
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(hbk.)
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2006035883
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  • (OCoLC)76073644
Label
Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis, Cara Black
Publication
Note
Series from jacket
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
294 p.
Isbn
9781569474440
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2006035883
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  • (Sirsi) o76073644
  • (OCoLC)76073644

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