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It's the 13th title in Black's brisk, engaging "Aimee Leduc Investigation" series, and where is her friend and business partner, Rene Friant? He's gone to Zeelakon Vallaay (that's Silicon Valley, English speakers) for a six-figure job and some troubles of his own. But that doesn't keep Aimee from plunging into another juicy, culturally intriguing case. When she's picked up after an assignment by Leduc's part-time hacker, Saj, he passes along a request from potential client Yuri Volodya, who claims to have known Aimee's mother. That's enough to make her persuade Saj to steer toward Volodya's door, but as they arrive Saj hits and evidently kills a man emerging from between two cars. The man is Serb mafia, bad news for Saj. Meanwhile, Volodya reports that he's been robbed of a precious painting, though he's pretty cat-and-mouse about whether Aimee should hunt it down. Aimee learns something about the painting-a portrait that could change our sense of a key historical figure-and about her mother, a shadowy but significant figure in the series we'll need to rethink. VERDICT Another great Aimee Leduc read; fans will be intrigued by the new developments.-Barbara -Hoffert, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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A tantalizing clue to the whereabouts of Paris PI Aimee Leduc's mysterious mother puts a personal spin on Black's intricate 13th mystery set in contemporary Paris (after 2012's Murder at the Lantern Rouge). Yuri Volodya, an elderly Russian who wants to hire Aimee to protect a valuable painting, possibly a Modigliani, tells Aimee he knew her mother, Sydney, whom she hasn't seen since Sydney abandoned her at age eight. When the painting is stolen and Yuri is later tortured and killed, the police investigate. Meanwhile, a bizarre accident sidelines Aimee's part-time hacker helper, "cash-poor aristocrat" Saj de Rosnay. Leduc must also cope amid threats of violence without trusted computer expert Rene Friant, lured to America by a Silicon Valley firm in a lengthy, well-developed subplot. Allusions to Modigliani, Picasso, Cocteau, Man Ray, and Duchamp help evoke 1920s Paris, though the complicated relationships among the principals will be more meaningful to series fans than to newcomers. Agent: Linda Allen, Linda Allen Literary Agency. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Beleaguered Parisian investigator Aimee Leduc has a couple of new problems: her best friend and partner, Rene Friant, has decamped to Silicon Valley, and, equally disturbing, Aimee is having trouble fitting into her vintage Dior. All that pales in comparison, however, when she receives a phone call from a Russian manwho wants her to find a lost painting and who claims to have known Aimee's long-vanished mother. Any mention of Maman sends Aimee into high gear, and that turns out to be a very good thing as the plot strands start raining down on her like golf-ball-sized hailstones: the missing painting is an unknown Modigliani, a portrait of Lenin done when he lived in Paris, and its allure prompts multiple murders in the quartier below Montparnasse, where latter-day revolutionaries continue to plot and counterplot; Rene has his own crisis when it turns out his new bosses are crooks; and let's not forget the Serb who is determined to kill Aimee and her friend Saj. Longtime fans of the series will turn pages frantically, hoping to finally meet Aimee's mother, and, as always, Black directs traffic with panache.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2010 Booklist