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Publisher's Summary

In Cara Black’s “accomplished, absorbing debut” (Kirkus Reviews), PI Aimée Leduc must decrypt a digitized photo from the 1940s. But when Aimée visits the historic Jewish quarter of Paris to deliver the picture, she finds its intended recipient murdered—and with a swastika carved in her aged forehead.
©1999 Cara Black (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"In order to understand the true motive behind the killing, Aimée must delve into history, confronting older residents of the quarter - who'd prefer she leave the past alone - and doing some undercover work. The suspense is high as she fraternizes dangerously with the enemy, even becoming briefly involved with an Aryan supremacist. Black knows Paris well, and in her first-rate debut she deftly combines fascinating anecdotes from the city's war years with classic images of the City of Lights." ( Publishers Weekly)
“Literate prose, intricate plotting, and multifaceted and unusual characters mark this excellent first mystery. Strongly recommended.” ( Library Journal)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Janet on 05-30-12

Good story - odd telling

It's unusual to have a compelling story that is not very well told. A murder mystery in present day involving WWII and contemporary Nazis, the persecution of Parisian Jews in the Marais, and a reluctant detective who would rather be solving computer crimes, provides for a rich landscape in which to tell the tale. The author, however, must not think the reader too clever, as she reminds us of clues she has already given and re-identifies her characters, as well as providing unnecessary explanations of feelings behind bits of dialogue. She throws in a bit of French to remind us that we are in Paris, but ony chooses the words that most people would already know, leaving us with the feeling that these people are all bilingual. The narrator does not help the author's style, as her Parisian French accent is good, which makes for a jarring juxtaposition with the Standard American Dialect of the rest of the story. An interesting group of characters in a unique story are worth the listen, but it could have been more satisfyingly told.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Colette LeMieux on 07-01-10

For young female audience

When I ran a public library I would have put this in the "Young Adult" section (officially age 12-18). I would have been happy to see a girl age 12 to 15 check it out. It has geographical and historical information that would be informative. A reviewer (for another item in this series) complained about the narrator's slow speed. She goes slow in this one too. I think she wants to be sure a young adult can follow what is being said. For what it
is, this selection is not bad.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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