June, 1998. Paris’ sticky summer heat is even more
oppressive than usual as rowdy French football fans riot in anticipation of the
World Cup. Private investigator Aimée Leduc has been trying to slow down her
hectic lifestyle, take on only computer security assignments, and maybe try to
learn how to cook (quelle catastrophe!). She’s vowed not to let herself get
involved in any more dangerous shenanigans—she’s five months pregnant and has
the baby’s well-being to think about now, too.
But all of her best intentions to live the quiet life fall
away when disaster strikes close to home. A serial rapist has been terrorizing
Paris’ Pigalle neighborhood, following teenage girls home from junior high
school and attacking them in their own houses. It is sad and frightening but
has nothing to do with Aimée—until Zazie, the fourteen-year-old daughter of the
proprietor of Aimée’s favorite café, disappears. The police aren’t mobilizing
quickly enough, and when Zazie’s desperate parents approach Aimée for help, she
knows she couldn’t say no even if she wanted to. In the frantic race against
time that ensues, Aimée discovers a terrifying secret neighborhood history that
will leave lives in the whole quartier upended.
Inspired by a true crime story of a serial killer who wreaked
havoc on Paris in the summer of 1998, Cara Black’s fourteenth Aimée Leduc
mystery is a thrilling follow-up to her 2013 New York Times bestseller, Murder below Montparnasse. Download and start listening now!