VJ Books Presents Author Cara Black!
Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 15 books in the Private Investigator Aim_e Leduc series, which is set in Paris. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aim_e Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, 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 full-time, she tried her hand at a number of jobs: she was a barista in the Basel train station caf_ 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 Aim_e 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.
Cara Black Bibliography
Aimťe Leduc Series
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- Murder in the Marais - 1998
- Murder in Belleville - 2000
- Murder in the Sentier - 2002
- Murder in the Bastille - 2003
- Murder in Clichy - 2004
- Murder in Montmartre - 2005
- Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis - 2007
- Murder in the Rue de Paradis - 2008
- Murder in the Latin Quarter - 2009
- Murder in the Palais Royal - 2010
- Murder in Passy - 2011
- Murder at the Lanterne Rouge - 2011
- Murder below Montparnasse - 2013
- Murder in Pigalle - 2014
- Murder on the Champ de Mars - 2015
- Murder on the Quai - June 2016
- Murder in Saint-Germain - June 2017