Murder Below Montparnasse
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Murder Below Montparnasse : An Aimee Leduc Investigation Set in Paris

By (author) Cara Black

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A long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother's blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that's been buried for 80 years--Parisian private investigator AimEe Leduc's current case is her most exciting one yet.The cobbled streets of Montparnasse might have been boho-chic in the 1920s, when artists, writers, and their muses drank absinthe and danced on cafe tables. But to Parisian private investigator AimEe Leduc, these streets hold darker secrets. When an old Russian man named Yuri hires AimEe to protect a priceless painting that just might be a Modigliani, she learns how deadly art theft can be. Yuri is found tortured to death in his atelier, and the painting is missing. Every time AimEe thinks she's found a new witness, the body count rises. What exactly is so special about this painting that so many people are willing to kill--and die--for it?

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  • Hardback | 326 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 566.99g
  • 11 Jul 2013
  • Soho Press Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Signed
  • maps
  • 1616952156
  • 9781616952150
  • 688,856

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Cara Black is the author of thirteen books in the "New York Times "bestselling AimEe Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.

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Praise for "Murder Below Montparnasse " "Francophiles and mystery-novel lovers alike will devour investigator Aimee Leduc's latest outing, which takes her through the gorgeous if treacherous world of black-market art in Paris, as she safeguards a long-lost Modigliani painting." --"Entertainment Weekly " "Aimee Leduc, the appealing sleuth in this series...is always zipping around on her pink Vespa, carrying out some "quick and dirty" computer security job. But she keeps up a running commentary on whatever quartier of the city her work takes her to. Here it's the unfashionable backside of Montparnasse.... This unassuming neighborhood is a rich one for the purposes of a plot that hangs on a Modigliani canvas and involves Russian emigres and Surrealist artists, including some who live on in legend." --Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review" "Aimee Leduc is never less than chic." --Adam Woog, "The Seattle Times"" " "Thoroughly and intriguingly plotted, as always...[grabs] the reader from its opening pages to its heart-rending denouement. Further, the Paris setting, especially its Montparnasse locale, is marvelously evoked by Black, a frequent visitor to France. A visitor she may be, but she writes of The City of Lights like a native Parisian." --Ted Hertel, "Deadly Pleasures " "Brisk, engaging....Another great Aimee Leduc read; fans will be intrigued by the new developments." --Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal" "Tantalizing." --"Publishers Weekly" "Aimee [goes] into high gear, and that turns out to be a very good thing as the plot strands start raining down on her like golf-ball-sized hailstones...Longtime fans of the series will turn pages frantically, hoping to finally meet Aimee's mother, and, as always, Black directs traffic with panache." ""--Booklist"" "Black is an old pro with a ear for language and dialogue and a gift for knowing just when to pop the next surprise." ""--"Denver

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