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Murder at the Porte de Versailles
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This riveting 20th installment entangles Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc in a dangerous web of international spycraft and terrorist threats in Paris's 15th arrondissement.

November 2001: in the wake of 9/11, Paris is living in a state of fear. For Aimée Leduc, November is bittersweet: the anniversary of her father’s death and her daughter’s third birthday fall on the same day. A gathering for family and friends is disrupted when a bomb goes off at the police laboratory—and Boris Viard, the partner of Aimée’s friend Michou, is found unconscious at the scene of the crime with traces of explosives under his fingernails.
Aimée doesn’t believe Boris set the bomb. In an effort to prove this, she battles the police and his own lab colleagues, collecting conflicting eyewitness reports. When a member of the French secret service drafts Aimée to help investigate possible links to an Iranian Revolutionary guard and fugitive radicals who bombed Interpol in the 1980s, Aimée uncovers ties to a cold case of her father’s.
As Aimée scours the streets of the 15th arrondissement trying to learn the truth, she has to ask herself if she should succumb to pressure from Chloe’s biological father and move them out to his farm in Brittany. But could Aimée Leduc ever leave Paris?

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November 2001: in the wake of 9/11, Paris is living in a state of fear. For Aimée Leduc, November is bittersweet: the anniversary of her father’s death and her daughter’s third birthday fall on the same day. A gathering for family and friends is disrupted when a bomb goes off at the police laboratory—and Boris Viard, the partner of Aimée’s friend Michou, is found unconscious at the scene of the crime with traces of explosives under his fingernails.
Aimée doesn’t believe Boris set the bomb. In an effort to prove this, she battles the police and his own lab colleagues, collecting conflicting eyewitness reports. When a member of the French secret service drafts Aimée to help investigate possible links to an Iranian Revolutionary guard and fugitive radicals who bombed Interpol in the 1980s, Aimée uncovers ties to a cold case of her father’s.
As Aimée scours the streets of the 15th arrondissement trying to learn the truth, she has to ask herself if she should succumb to pressure from Chloe’s biological father and move them out to his farm in Brittany. But could Aimée Leduc ever leave Paris?
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        October 1, 2021

        One-of-a-kind Parisian investigator Aim�e Leduc returns, and, as always, New York Times best-selling author Black invests the task at hand with political/historical urgency. Paris is already on edge post-9/11 when a bomb explodes at the police laboratory, leaving Boris Viard--the partner of Aim�e's friend Michou--unconscious amid the rubble. Boris's fingerprints are found on the remaining bomb shards, but Aim�e is convinced of his innocence, and soon the French Secret Service hires her to follow up a lead regarding an Iranian Revolutionary Guard and fugitive 1980s radicals.

        Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        December 15, 2021
        A bombing at a police lab has all Paris on edge. Birthdays should be happy. But the third birthday of private investigator Aim�e Leduc's daughter, Chlo�, brings as much anxiety as joy. First, Chlo�'s father, Melac, has become more of a presence in their lives since his recent divorce. His pleas that Aim�e and Chlo� would be much safer living at his farm in Brittany sends Aim�e down a rabbit hole of second-guessing: She wants her daughter to be safe, but she wants to support her child financially, and that means staying in Paris, where she and her business partner, Ren� Friant, run a successful investigation agency. Then disaster strikes at Chlo�'s party. Aime�'s good friend Boris realizes that he's left the toddler's gift on his desk at the police crime lab at Porte de Versailles. While he's retrieving the gift, the lab is bombed. Leaving Chlo� with Melac, Aim�e rushes to the lab only to find Boris has been taken to the hospital, unconscious. A note she finds shoved in her pocket claims, "WE HAVE STRUCK AGAIN." But who? Detective Lo�c Bellan of the Groupe d'Intervention La Gendarmerie Nationale has his sights on Action Directe, a radical group from the 1960s. The police suspect Boris, who has Semtex explosive under his nails. But a teenage voyeur has a videotape of a shadowy figure leaving the lab just before the explosion. As days pass without an arrest, Aim�e moves into action. Will she find the bombers before the police arrest Boris and before Melac decides that Paris is just too dangerous a place for his child? Black delivers again with a combination of political intrigue and tight detective thrills.

        COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        In bestseller Black’s riveting 20th Aimée Leduc investigation (after 2019’s Murder in Bel-Air), tensions are high in Paris two months after 9/11. Still, life—including a birthday party for PI Aimée’s three-year-old daughter, Chloé—goes on as usual, at least until an explosion at the nearby police laboratory. The horror of that bombing becomes personal as Boris Viard, a lab employee and Aimée’s good friend, becomes a suspect when trace amounts of the explosive are found on him. Meeting resistance every step of the way from the police and Boris’s coworkers, Aimée tries to determine whether the crime might involve one of the unsolved cases of her late detective father. As Aimée wends her way through the darker parts of the City of Light in search of a possible tie to an Iranian terrorist organization, she must also resolve where her relationship with Melac, Chloé’s father, is headed just as another man reenters her life. Rich with detail about life in Paris, this entry illuminates the complications that friends and family can unwittingly create. Black shows no signs of losing steam. Agent: Katherine Fausset, Curtis Brown.

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        January 1, 2022
        How could she have been stupid enough to pursue this without backup?"" So asks PI Aim�e Leduc in the twentieth installment of Black's delightful, Paris-set series. Oh, but Aim�e, we know the answer to that question as well as you do. You didn't have time to arrange backup because you're always running 15 minutes late. And we wouldn't have it any other way: if Aim�e didn't live her life to the beat of an incessantly ticking clock, we wouldn't be able to watch Paris flash by as she careens about on her scooter or breaks one stiletto heel after another on those pesky Metro grates. That's the case here, of course, with Aim�e's friend Boris in a coma after being injured in a bomb explosion at the police lab where he works. Found with plastic explosives under his nails, Boris stands accused of deploying the bomb. Set in November 2001, the story unwinds against the backdrop of 9/11 and, more personally, the question of whether Aim�e should move to Brittany with her three-year-old daughter, Chloe, and her biological father. Forget it, Aim�e: we want you in Paris, not clomping about a farm in Birkenstocks.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Black's series is at home on best-seller lists and has long been a particular favorite of librarians and library patrons.

        COPYRIGHT(2022) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        November 2001 brings mixed feelings to Aimee Leduc. Her father died years ago, but the anniversary of his death is the same day as her daughter's birthday. This year, Chloe's third birthday party unites beloved friends until one of them, Boris Viard, remembers he left her present on his desk at the police lab. Boris doesn't return, Aimee receives a strange call from his phone, and she heads to the lab to find him. She discovers a scene of chaos. Just two months after 9/11, bombs have exploded at the lab, and the police suspect terrorism. Even worse, when traces of explosives are found under Boris's fingernails, they suspect him. As owner of Leduc Investigations, Aimee returns to field work to prove that her friend is innocent. After Chloe's father takes her to Brittany, Aimee is free to explore a complicated case involving multiple murders, the bombing, suspicious police activity, and, of course, possible terrorism. VERDICT Black's latest is a fast-paced, atmospheric mystery that brings back memories of worldwide fear after 9/11. It's best for fans of the series who will recognize the numerous characters and memories brought together in the 20th in the series (following Murder in Bel-Air).--Linda Gray

        Copyright 2022 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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November 2001: in the wake of 9/11, Paris is living in a state of fear. For Aimée Leduc, November is bittersweet: the anniversary of her father’s death and her daughter’s third birthday fall on the same day. A gathering for family and friends is disrupted when a bomb goes off at the police laboratory—and Boris Viard, the partner of Aimée’s friend Michou, is found unconscious at the scene of the crime with traces of explosives under his fingernails.
Aimée doesn’t believe Boris set the bomb. In an effort to prove this, she battles the police and his own lab colleagues, collecting conflicting eyewitness reports. When a member of the French secret service drafts Aimée to help investigate possible links to an Iranian...
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