Cara Black
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Cara Black

Cara Black lives in San Francisco with her bookseller husband, Jun, and their dog. She's a NYTImes and USATODAY bestselling author, a San Francisco Library Laureate, Macavity and three time Anthony award-nominee for her series, Aimée Leduc Investigations, set in Paris Cara Black is the national bestselling author of 18 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received numerous accolades for her novels, including multiple nominations for the prestigious Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris--the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture--and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at such noteworthy conferences as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Hebrew.
Cara was born in Chicago but has lived in California's Bay Area since she was five years old. Before turning to writing fulltime, she tried her hand at a number of jobs: she was a barista in the Basal train station café in Switzerland, taught English in Japan, studied Buddhism in Dharamsala in Northern India, and worked as a bar girl in Bangkok (only pouring drinks!). After studying Chinese history at Sophia University in Tokyo--where she met her husband, Jun, a bookseller, potter, and amateur chef--she obtained her teaching credential at San Francisco State College, and went on to work as a preschool director and then as an agent of the federally funded Head Start program, which sent her into San Francisco's Chinatown to help families there--often sweatshop workers--secure early care and early education for their children. Each of these jobs was amazing and educational in a different way, and the Aimée Leduc books are covered in fingerprints of Cara's various experiences.
Her love of all things French was kindled by the French-speaking nuns at her Catholic high school, where Cara first encountered French literature and went crazy for the work of Prix Goncourt winner Romain Gary. Her junior year in high school, she wrote him a fan letter--which he answered, and which inspired her to make her first trip to Paris, where her idol took her out for coffee and a cigar. Since then, she has been to Paris many, many times. On each visit she entrenches herself in a different part of the city, learning its secret history. She has posed as a journalist to sneak into closed areas, trained at a firing range with real Paris flics, gotten locked in a bathroom at the Victor Hugo museum, and--just like Aimée--gone down into the sewers with the rats (she can never pass up an opportunity to see something new, even when the timing isn't ideal--she was headed to a fancy dinner right afterwards and had a spot of bother with her shoes). For the scoop on real Paris crime, she takes the cops out for drinks and dinner to hear their stories--but it usually turns into a long evening, which is why she sticks with espresso.

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    • Murder in the Marais

    • An Aimee Leduc Investigation
    • By: Cara Black
    • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
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    • By Janet on 05-30-12

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    • Murder on the Left Bank

    • By: Cara Black
    • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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      4 out of 5 stars 21
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    • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
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    • By Janels on 05-02-14

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    • Murder in Bel-Air

    • By: Cara Black
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    Aimee Leduc is about to give the keynote address at a tech conference that is sure to secure Leduc Detective some much-needed business contracts when she gets an emergency phone call from her infant daughter's playgroup: Aimee's mother, who was supposed to pick Chloe up, never showed....

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    • Murder Below Montparnasse

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    • Narrated by: Madeleine Lambert
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 45
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    A long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that's been buried for 80 years - Aimée Leduc's current case is her most exciting yet....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Narration horrible!

    • By Julia on 03-25-13

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    • Murder in Saint Germain

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    • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4 out of 5 stars 23

    Private investigator Aimee Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad....

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    • Murder in Bastille

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    • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
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      4 out of 5 stars 25
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    April in Paris is a time for crime when a woman is blinded after an attack in the Passage Boule Blanche.....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
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    • By Ursula on 11-22-11

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    • Murder in the Sentier

    • An Aimée Leduc Investigation, Book 3
    • By: Cara Black
    • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
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      4 out of 5 stars 41
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      4 out of 5 stars 35
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific story in present and past

    • By Malena on 03-05-12

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    • Murder in Pigalle

    • Aimée Leduc Investigations, Book 14
    • By: Cara Black
    • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
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      4 out of 5 stars 30
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    June, 1998. Paris' sticky summer heat is even more oppressive than usual as rowdy French football fans riot in anticipation of the World Cup....

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    • Murder on the Quai

    • By: Cara Black
    • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 42
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 39
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    • 1 out of 5 stars
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    • By Sara on 11-30-16

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