In this prequel to the Aimée Leduc series, we meet the young Aimee in 1989. She is a premed student, struggling to succeed in the career that others think is right for her. We learn how she meets Rene, finds herself becoming interested in her father's work in the family detective agency, and finally how tragedy touches her life, killing her father and making her mother into a lifelong mystery. I have enjoyed this series from the start and this is a most worthwhile trip back to the beginning!— Anne K. McMahon
The world knows Parisian private investigator Aim e Leduc, heroine of 15 mysteries in this New York Times bestselling series, as a tr's chic, no-nonsense detective--the toughest and most relentless in the City of Lights. Now, author Cara Black dips back in time to reveal how Aim e first came to inherit Leduc Detective . . . November 1989: Aim e Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris's preeminent medical school. She lives in a 17th-century apartment that overlooks the Seine with her father, who runs the family detective agency. But the week the Berlin Wall crumbles, so does Aim e's life as she knows it. First, someone has sabotaged her lab work, putting her at risk of failing out of the program. Then, she finds out her aristo boyfriend is getting engaged to another woman. And finally, Aim e's father takes off to Berlin on a mysterious errand. He asks Aim e to help out at the detective agency while he's gone--as if she doesn't already have enough to do. But the case Aim e finds herself investigating--a murder linked to a transport truck of Nazi gold that disappeared in the French countryside during the height of World War II--has gotten under her skin. Her heart may not lie in medicine after all--maybe it's time to think harder about the family business.
About the Author
Cara Black is the author of sixteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and visits Paris frequently.