Murder in the Latin Quarter (An Aimée Leduc Investigation #9) (Paperback)
April 2009 Indie Next List
“Cara Black's detective, Aimee Leduc, lives in a Paris brimming with characters from France's colonial past and diverse present. Her novels are filled with immigrants from Vietnam, Algeria, Eastern Europe, and -- in Murder in the Latin Quarter -- Haiti. Aimee's life is a lonely one since the death of her father; so, when a beautiful young Haitian woman announces that she is Aimee's sister, she cannot resist the search for the truth. It's wonderful to watch the growth and development of a fine mystery writer.”
— Wendy Foster-Leigh, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
A Haitian woman arrives at the office of Leduc Detective proclaiming that she is Aimée Leduc’s sister, her father’s illegitimate daughter. Though her partner, René, is wary of this stranger, Aimée is thrilled; she has always wanted a sister. But before Aimée can get to know her, Mireille disappears. Worried about her sister and eager to learn if what she says is true, Aimée follows the only clue she has: a note Mireille left behind. On the note is the address to a university research center in the Latin Quarter; in the building, Aimée finds a corpse without an ear. This compelling mystery weaves together Haitian politics, history, and culture as Aimée tries to piece together what happened and searches for the sister she never knew she had.
"The ninth mystery in Cara Black's irresistible series set in Paris . . . might well be the book we've been waiting for. Aimée Leduc, Black's adorably punkish sleuth, is in her element."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Kinsey Millhone turned loose in Before Sunset . . . In Leduc's ninth outing, Paris, as always, sparkles in all its gargoyled, dusty, cobblestoned glory."
“No contemporary writer of noir mysteries evokes the spirit of Paris more than Cara Black in her atmospheric series starring P.I. Aimée Leduc . . . The fearless, risk-taking Aimée is constantly running, hiding, fighting and risking her life-all while dressed in vintage Chanel and Dior and Louboutin heels.”
“Yes, Cara Black fans, Aimée Leduc is back. This is the ninth of Black's novels about the chic, indomitable Parisian detective, and it has all the elements Black's readers have come to cherish: an engaging protagonist with a likable sidekick (her diminutive partner, René Friant), cops who hinder more than they help, villains with murky motives, grisly crimes and, above all, the unique Parisian atmosphere.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
"If you were weaned on the feminist PIs of the '70s and '80s like Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski and Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone, you may be looking for successors. Cara Black's series set in Paris is worthy."
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Black at her peak, with rich historical background and a vivid sense of place supporting her compelling narrative."
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review