Murder in the Marais by Cara Black


This is the second Aimée Leduc book for me; Aimée is the half French, half American private investigator who lives in Paris and foils evildoers at the highest levels.  The author is very specific about location and has a map in the front of the book so you can see where everything occurs.

The Marais is the old Jewish quarter of Paris; the murder victim is an old Jewish woman who is marked after death with a swastika on her forehead.  The event is tied to a murder committed when the Nazis occupied Paris and people did anything for food.  The story is a complicated one, mainly told as a recounting of what the very athletic and exhausting Aimée did, but with occasional chapters told from the viewpoint of various characters.

Aimée's agency, run with her partner Renée, who is a dwarf, usually focuses on computer security.  This was the first in the series, published in 1999, set in 1993.  I was surprised at the sophistication of the hacking aspect of the story, though I certainly didn't have a clear idea what many of the terms used actually meant.

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