A botched assignment leaves Parisian P.I. Aimee Leduc in possession of a cache of priceless Vietnamese jade. The jade's history is steeped in colonial bloodshed and someone is willing to spill even more blood to get it back
Private investigator Aimee Leduc has been introduced to the Cao Dai temple in Paris by her partner, Rene Friant. He urges her to learn to meditate: she could use a more healthful approach to life. The Vietnamese nun Linh has been helping Aimee to attain her goal, so when she asks Aimee for a favor to go to the Clichy" quartier" to exchange an envelope for a package Rene prompts Aimee to agree. But the intended recipient, Thadee Baret, is shot and dies in Aimee's arms before the transaction can be completed, leaving Aimee with a wounded arm, a check for 50,000 francs, and a trove of ancient jade artifacts.
Whoever killed Baret wants the jade. The RG the French secret service a group of veterans of the war in Indochina and some wealthy ex-colonials and international corporations seeking oil rights are all implicated. And the nun, Linh, has disappeared.
About the Author
Cara Black is the author of the popular Aimee Leduc mystery series. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Societe Historique in the Marais. Her book Murder in the Sentier was nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Novel, and Murder in the Latin Quarter was a finalist for the Best Novel Award from the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their son.
Praise for Cara Black’s Aimée Leduc series:
“Charming. . . . Aimée is one of those blithe spirits who can walk you through the city’s historical streets and byways with their eyes closed.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“Leduc has a thorough grasp of the practicalities of investigation, plus a penchant for undercover work that will have readers on pins and needles.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Conveys vividly those layers of history that make the stones of Paris sing for so many of us.”—Chicago Tribune