cover image Murder on the Left Bank

Murder on the Left Bank

Cara Black. Soho Crime, $27.95 (288p) ISBN 978-1-61695-927-2

In bestseller Black’s fast-paced 18th Aimée Leduc investigation (after 2017’s Murder in Saint-Germain), Léo Solomon, an elderly retired accountant in poor health, insists that lawyer Éric Besson, whose late mother was a friend of Léo’s, deliver a notebook containing his handwritten confession and evidence of decades of police corruption to Paris’s chief prosecuting attorney. Éric asks his 18-year-old nephew, Marcus, to act as courier, but Marcus never reaches his destination. When the boy’s body turns up on the street two days later, the police rule the death a drug-related homicide. Éric asks his friend Aimée to investigate. Aimée, a new mother, reluctantly takes on the case only when she discovers that her late father is implicated by information in the now-missing notebook. When the killer threatens her daughter, Aimée is forced to accept help from the source she trusts least: her family. Once again Black combines a twist-filled mystery with a convincing look at the culture and politics of the City of Lights. Agent: Katherine Fausset, Curtis Brown. (June)