Third Place Books welcomes acclaimed mystery writer Cara Black—author of staff favorite thriller Three Hours in Paris—for a presentation on the next installment in her popular Aimée Leduc Investigations series, Murder at the Porte de Versailles. Black will be in conversation with fellow mystery author Rhys Bowen.
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November 2001: in the wake of 9/11, Paris is living in a state of fear. For Aimée Leduc, November is bittersweet: the anniversary of her father’s death and her daughter’s third birthday fall on the same day. A gathering for family and friends is disrupted when a bomb goes off at the police laboratory—and Boris Viard, the partner of Aimée’s friend Michou, is found unconscious at the scene of the crime with traces of explosives under his fingernails.
Aimée doesn’t believe Boris set the bomb. In an effort to prove this, she battles the police and his own lab colleagues, collecting conflicting eyewitness reports. When a member of the French secret service drafts Aimée to help investigate possible links to an Iranian Revolutionary guard and fugitive radicals who bombed Interpol in the 1980s, Aimée uncovers ties to a cold case of her father’s.
As Aimée scours the streets of the 15th arrondissement trying to learn the truth, she has to ask herself if she should succumb to pressure from Chloe’s biological father and move them out to his farm in Brittany. But could Aimée Leduc ever leave Paris?
“Wry, complex, sophisticated, intensely Parisian. . . . One of the very best heroines in crime fiction today.”
“As always, with airfares so high, Black offers armchair travelers a whirlwind trip through the City of Light.”
“Cara Black’s Aimée Leduc is a gem: a stylish, brave private detective (and new mom) who zips around Paris on a scooter. . . . Beguiling tours of some of Paris’ little-known corners.”
—The Seattle Times
“Whether read as a crime story with roots in international politics or as the latest chapter in a fascinating family drama, this is a deeply satisfying and entertaining novel.”
—Booklist, Starred Review
Cara Black is the author of twenty books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series as well as the thriller Three Hours in Paris. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.
Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness historical mysteries as well as the Edgar award nominated The Venice Sketchbook and several other internationally bestselling historical novels. Rhys has won twenty major awards to date and is published in over thirty languages. She is a transplanted Brit who divides her time between California and Arizona.
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