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A new mystery series set in Paris introduces intrepid detective Aimée Leduc.
It is November 1993 and the French prime ministerial candidate is about to sign a treaty with Germany that will severely restrict immigration, reminiscent of the Vichy laws. Aimée Leduc is approached by a rabbi to decipher a fifty-year-old encrypted photograph and place it in the hands of Lili Stein. When she arrives at Lili’s apartment in the Marais, the old Jewish quarter of Paris, she finds a corpse in whose forehead is carved a swastika. With the help of her partner, a dwarf with extraordinary computer hacking skills, Aime is determined to solve this horrendous crime. Then more murders follow.
Her search for the killer leads her to a German war veteran involved in the 1940s with a Jewish girl he was supposed to send to her death. It takes Aimée undercover inside a neo-Nazi group, where she must play a dangerous game of current politics and old war crimes. Many of the older Jews in the Marais are afraid and prefer to leave the past alone, but the horrible legacy of the death camps and the words “never forget” propel Aimée to find out the true identities of the criminals past and present.
The historic Sentier district was once filled with fashionable mansions but is now a nearly treeless neighborhood housing the “rag” trade, Paris’s Silicon Valley, and sleazy night clubs. Aimée is drawn to the area when a woman, just released from prison, tells her that she knew Aimée’s long vanished mother. To Aimée’s astonishment and horror, she learns that they were in prison together, that Aimee’s mother was a member of a notorious 1970s Red terrorist gang.
Before Aimée can garner more information, the woman is murdered. Desperate to find her mother, Aimée becomes embroiled with resurgent terrorists, no longer motivated by ideals, but ruthlessly seeking hidden loot, which also seems to have disappeared.