FROM THE BOOK JACKET: A dying man drags his oxygen machine into the office of Éric Besson, a lawyer in Pariss 13th arrondissement. The old man, an accountant, is carrying a dilapidated notebook full of meticulous investment records. For decades, he has been helping a cadre of dirty cops launder stolen money. The notebook contains his full confession—hes waited 50 years to make it, and now it cant wait another day. He is adamant that Besson get the notebook into the hands of La Proc, Pariss chief prosecuting attorney, so the corruption can finally be brought to light. But en route to La Proc, Bessons courier—his assistant and nephew—is murdered, and the notebook disappears.
Grief-stricken Éric Besson tries to hire private investigator Aimée Leduc to find the notebook, but she is reluctant to get involved. Her father was a cop and was murdered by the same dirty syndicate the notebook implicates. Shes not sure which shes more afraid of, the dangerous men who would kill for the notebook or the idea that her fathers name might be among the dirty cops listed within it. Ultimately thats the reason she must take the case, which leads her across the Left Bank, from the Cambodian enclave of Khmer Rouge refugees to the ancient royal tapestry factories to the modern art galleries.
Cara Black is the author of eighteen books in the New York Times
bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.