Murder on the Quai (Hardcover)
Since 1999 Cara Black has written 15 engaging mysteries featuring sassy and stylish Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc. And now we have a prequel set in 1989 which explains a great deal about her parents, especially her Mom who disappeared when she was young. The past and the present are tied together by murders, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Nazi gold. If you haven’t read Cara Black and fallen in love with her stories set in various Paris neighborhoods, this is a good place to start. If you are already a fan, then this book will answer some of those nagging questions about how Aimée ended up following in her father’s footsteps to become a skilled detective and how she met her talented sidekick René.— From Joan's Picks
The world knows Parisian private investigator Aimee Leduc, heroine of 15 mysteries in this New York Times bestselling series, as a tres chic, no-nonsense detective--the toughest and most relentless in the City of Lights. Now, author Cara Black dips back in time to reveal how Aimee first came to inherit Leduc Detective . . .
November 1989: Aimee Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris's preeminent medical school. She lives in a 17th-century apartment that overlooks the Seine with her father, who runs the family detective agency.
But the week the Berlin Wall crumbles, so does Aimee's life as she knows it. First, someone has sabotaged her lab work, putting her at risk of failing out of the program. Then, she finds out her aristo boyfriend is getting engaged to another woman. And finally, Aimee's father takes off to Berlin on a mysterious errand. He asks Aimee to help out at the detective agency while he's gone--as if she doesn't already have enough to do. But the case Aimee finds herself investigating--a murder linked to a transport truck of Nazi gold that disappeared in the French countryside during the height of World War II--has gotten under her skin. Her heart may not lie in medicine after all--maybe it's time to think harder about the family business.
About the Author
Cara Black is the author of sixteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimee Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and visits Paris frequently.