Cara Black returns for Authors @ The Teague on Thursday, March 11 at 1:30, and she has some explaining to do. One week in October 1997 must have been the worst week in the life of her character, Aimée Leduc. I'm looking forward to Cara's discussion of her latest novel, Murder in the Palais Royal.
Aimée was hot and heavy with her latest bad boy, a fashion designer, when she received the call that her business partner, René Friant, had been shot and was in the hospital. "In the course of a few days René had been shot; Nicholas had died before his parole, a suicide or a murder victim; Clémence had been strangled; and Tracfin and been set on her tail. It all linked somehow. Only she didn't know how."
Who would want to set Aimée up for a fall? The private investigator is accused of shooting René, and her alibi won't admit he was with her at the time. It doesn't help that there's an enormous deposit of 100,000 francs in the business account for Leduc Investigation. Now, she's under investigation by the government for her financial dealings. And, her airline ticket to New York and packed bags don't help. Melac, the police investigator, is too cynical to accept that someone is out to get Aimée. She'll have to track down the culprit without the help of her partner or the police.
Somewhere in Aimée Leduc's past is the clue to Murder in the Palais Royal. And, whether that clue goes all the way back to her absent terrorist mother, or links to one of Aimée's own cases, is for Aimée Leduc herself only to discover. And, maybe Cara Black can give readers a few hints on Thursday.
Cara Black's website is www.carablack.com, and she's one of the six crime writers blogging at Murder is Everywhere.
Murder in the Palais Royal. Soho Press, ©2010. ISBN 9781569476208 (hardcover), 291p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I read a review copy, sent by the publisher, in hope I would review it.