MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK is
the newest addition in the series written by Cara Black, featuring the
Parisian detective, Aimee Leduc. Leduc is an investigator in Paris, a
single mother with a small child, Chloe. Chloe's father, Melac, semi-
estranged from Aimee, lives and works in another town but visits Chloe
once a month. It is difficult for Aimee to continue to do her Private
Investigation business but needs the work to survive and keep her
Monsieur Solomon, 82, very weak, wearing an oxygen mask, visits Eric
Besson, his lawyer. Solomon demands that his attorney take his journal
including meticulous financial records be taken to the Proc, the leading
Prosecuting Attorney in Paris immediately. The records show, in detail,
dirty cops who have been laundering stolen funds for over 50 years
and Solomon wants it stopped now. As Besson tries to stall the dying
accountant, Solomon leaves his attorney's office, leaving his papers
and his dilapidated journal with Bessone.
As a busy attorney, Besson is overdue in court and tasks his nephew,
Marcus with the job of delivering the papers to the Proc. At 18, Marcus
has a girlfriend, Karine and they have planned a sexual adventure in a
local hotel that afternoon and Marcus tries to refuse to do the errand.
Besson insists and Marcus sets out to complete the task as fast as he
can. He meets his girlfriend, Katrine, who is waiting at the bus stop.
When he tells her he must do an errand before going to the hotel with
her, Katrine works her feminine wiles on him and he tells her he will
meet her there in a few minutes. At the hotel, Katrine and Marcus are
satisfying their sexual pursuits when men arrive and start to beat
Marcus up. They continually ask him where the papers are? They
murder him and leave a hysterical Katrine who is very frightened and
fears for her life.
When Monsieur Solomon passes away, Aimee is hired by Bresson to
find who murdered Marcus and locate the missing journal. She is
thrown into a dark, dirty, dangerous place, filled with unsavory
characters. It is home for The Hand, a powerful, organized Crime
Organization rules with force and brutality. Her own father was a cop
and his death was connected to the Hand. Her journey to find the truth
is filled with killings, beatings, threats and unanswered questions. Each
day for Aimee is more threatening than the day before. As she tears
around Paris on her trusted Pink Vespa, she is getting closer to who
murdered Marcus and who is the leader of the corrupt Hand?
MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK is a
thrilling adventure, filled with colorful characters that will keep you
turning the pages until the exciting finale. A great read by Cara Black.
Brava Inspector Aimee Leduc!
A confession fifty years in the making puts everyone’s
favorite Paris détéctive très chic, Aimée Leduc, on a
collision course with the “Hand,” a cabal of corrupt
Parisian cops among who masterminded her father’s murder—
and among whose ranks he might have once found membership.
When a friend’s child is kidnapped while wearing her
daughter’s hoodie, Aimée realizes that the case has
crossed into the realm of the personal in more ways than
A dying man drags his oxygen machine into the office of
Éric Besson, a lawyer in Paris’s 13th arrondissement. The
old man, an accountant, is carrying a dilapidated notebook
full of meticulous investment records. For decades, he has
been helping a cadre of dirty cops launder stolen money.
The notebook contains his full confession—he’s waited 50
years to make it, and now it can’t wait another day. He is
adamant that Besson get the notebook into the hands of La
Proc, Paris’s chief prosecuting attorney, so the
corruption can finally be brought to light. But en route
to La Proc, Besson’s courier—his assistant and nephew—is
murdered, and the notebook disappears.
Grief-stricken Éric Besson tries to hire private
investigator Aimée Leduc to find the notebook, but she is
reluctant to get involved. Her father was a cop and was
murdered by the same dirty syndicate the notebook
implicates. She’s not sure which she’s more afraid of, the
dangerous men who would kill for the notebook or the idea
that her father’s name might be among the dirty cops
listed within it. Ultimately that’s the reason she must
take the case, which leads her across the Left Bank, from
the Cambodian enclave of Khmer Rouge refugees to the
ancient royal tapestry factories to the modern art