Aime's partner Ren urges her to learn to meditate as a counterbalance to her frenetic lifestyle, and introduces her to the Cao Dai temple. When a Vietnamese nun asks Aime to bring a package back to the temple, this act of kindness ends in a stranger's death.Aime's partner Ren urges her to learn to meditate as a counterbalance to her frenetic lifestyle, and introduces her to the Cao Dai temple. When a Vietnamese nun asks Aime to bring a package back to the temple, this act of kindness ends in a stranger's death.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2004-12-20 A small act of generosity leads to murder in Anthony-nominee Black's beguiling fifth outing for savvy and sensitive Parisian PI Aimee Leduc (after 2003's Murder in the Bastille). Still reeling from injuries sustained in her previous adventure, AimEe agrees to help a middle-aged Vietnamese nun, Linh, by delivering an envelope to Thadee Baret. When Aimee meets Thadee for the drop-off, he hands her a bag of precious jade; soon after, an unseen gunman murders Thadee. Who was Thadee? Why did he give Linh the jade? Who wanted him killed? Once it becomes apparent Aimee is involved in something bigger and more dangerous than at first seemed the case (a government surveillance team threatens her; her partner, Rene, is kidnapped), even more questions arise. Readers may feel in the dark at times, and it's consoling to know that Aimee is often just as baffled. As usual, the author renders the city in dazzling detail. She paints an especially rich portrait of the curious Clichy neighborhood, a district made up of "Aristocrats with de la before their name," and "immigrants with -ski, akela, or khabib at the end of their names." Weaving culture, history and suspense, Black scores again. Agent, Linda Allen. (Mar. 15) Forecast: Blurbs from Val McDermid, Alan Furst, Stuart Kaminsky and Linda Fairstein should help broaden the appeal beyond Francophile mystery fans. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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