June, 1998: Paris’s sticky summer heat is even more oppressive than usual as rowdy French football fans riot in anticipation of the World Cup. Private investigator Aimée Leduc has been trying to slow down her hectic lifestyle—she’s five months pregnant and has the baby’s well-being to think about now. But then disaster strikes cl...
June, 1998: Paris’s sticky summer heat is even more oppressive than usual as rowdy French football fans riot in anticipation of the World Cup. Private investigator Aimée Leduc has been trying to slow down her hectic lifestyle—she’s five months pregnant and has the baby’s well-being to think about now. But then disaster strikes close to home. A serial rapist has been terrorizing Paris’s Pigalle neighborhood, following teenage girls home and attacking them in their own houses. Zazie, the 13-year-old daughter of the proprietor of Aimée’s favorite café, has disappeared. The police aren’t mobilizing quickly enough, and when Zazie’s desperate parents approach Aimée for help, she knows she couldn’t say no even if she wanted to.
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“The stylish sleuth in Cara Black’s blithe mysteries set in Paris, is making an odd fashion statement in Murder in Pigalle—ill-fitting frocks and low heels. Almost six months pregnant and showing it... But once the investigation takes a detour into the cavernous sewers of the city, she proves she can still find her way home in the dark.”
“Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.”
“Wry, complex, sophisticated, intensely Parisian ... One of the very best heroines in crime fiction today.”
“So authentic you can practically smell the fresh baguettes and coffee.”
“The combination of vividly evoked Parisian neighborhoods and a bewitching, stylish heroine continues to make this series as tasty as a chunk of French chocolate.”
“Even an unplanned pregnancy can’t slow down Paris detective Aimée Leduc... Black's 14th shows Aimée just as determined as ever to live life on her own terms and stand up for those who can’t.”
“If you have followed this series and its central characters you'll not want to miss this latest installment. On the other hand, if you enjoy atmospheric suspense stories with exotic settings and characters and haven't yet followed Aimee Leduc around Paris, this might be the perfect time to do so.”
“Written in an intelligent style, well-told, and satisfying.”
—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“Captivating ... Black weaves in '90s politics and a lush sense of Leduc’s Parisian home into the book. In 2014’s Murder in the Pigalle, based on a real-life crime, Paris is gearing to host the 1998 World Cup. Black captures the sensuality of record temperatures, with the description of the cassis-limon ice cream at Berthillon, and the fear that permeates the Pigalle. ”