Cara - have "devoured" the last adventure of Aimee Le Duc -- and was so glad to see you at the Maltese Omelet and your book launch on the 1st of March. Ed is going to start charging me rent - have been to the bookstore 4 times in the last 6 days.
Cara -- check out the NYTimes for 8/25/09 -- In France, Intricate Tale of Corporate Espionage - this sounds right up Aimee's alley ... am sure you're involved in writing but this might be a grain for another story. Or remind you of parts of Murder in the Latin Quarter for sure!
Can't wait til 2010 for the next installment.
By DAVID JOLLY
Published: August 24, 2009
PARIS — The story has the elements of a corporate thriller: a cast that includes former French spies and military men, a cycling champion, Greenpeace advocates and a dogged judge whose investigation takes him from a sports doping laboratory outside Paris to a Moroccan jail and some top French corporations.
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The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.
The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
Cara -- welcome back to the chilly Bay Area. Hope the tourists didn't overwhelm you in Paris - and WAY TO GO with a short story in French in an anthology. I'm missing Stacey's -- and going faithfully to M is for Mystery and Book Passage events. Angels & Demons was a guilty pleasure -- Ewan McGregor as the camerlengo (though the chamberlain is typically a Cardinal -- they had him as a Monsgr.) was brilliant. Afterward, I kept wondering why the hell nobody gave the Professor (i.e., "Tom") a map. If you were trying to stop an explosion of anti-matter (destroying Rome) -- don't you think they would have had GPS? Hope to see you soon!
Cara -- just found this site. Delighted to see you as a member. Saw an article in the NY Times Review of Books about Aimee in the Latin Quarter. Great coverage -- glad they agree with me too! Sending you all my best! M
At 11:14pm on September 25, 2008, Cara Black said…
in Montmartre, Linda. Sun's shining on the balcony and and everyone's lingerling over lunch...
Here's a snippet from a Washington Post article on French women titled 'French Women Don't Get Fat and Do Get Lucky'...what do you think
"....The actress Nathalie Baye, who's 59 and looks it, has made some 20 films in the past decade, including romantic roles. She told an interviewer that at the 2003 César awards (France's version of the Oscars), Meryl Streep asked her whether "things were as difficult in France as in the U.S. for actresses of a certain age. I told her that thankfully, French cinema is very faithful to its women."
These French actresses are products of the generation of '68, France's sexual and social revolution. But in the French version, women weren't expected to forgo high heels and chivalry in exchange for equality. So it's not surprising here when successful women retain their charms. In the United States, the two can seem mutually exclusive. The right-wing talk-show host Rush Limbaugh felt free to question Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's candidacy in December by sneering, "Will Americans want to watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?"
Of course, things aren't all rosy in French bedrooms. France has its share of lonely widows and divorcees. All the Frenchwomen I spoke to also stressed that older women must keep up their looks to stay appealing. Liftees are becoming a more frequent sight.
In the United States, men tend to treat older women who've done age-erasing work with either horrific awe or chaste respect. France is more sanguine. Last year, Paris Match magazine put a photo on its cover of a topless 50-something Arielle Dombasle -- looking like a reengineered 16- year-old -- to celebrate her new cabaret act.
And Happy New Year back, Cara..!
Us related? Maybe, a love of Paris runs in my blood too...had my honeymoon there and go back whenever I can...now I'm all misty eyed just thinking about the place...boo-hoo-hoo...
Loved Maxim's Paris Noir...great collection.
Thanks for the New Year wishes! Happy New Year to you as well. I'm in Tucson, where my wife, boys and I have been visiting my mother, siblings and nephews.
Tomorrow, it is back to (cold) St. Louis. We went on a great hike yesterday in the lower reaches of the Catalina Mountains, and I'll have the photos loaded on Flicker.com soon (my user name is Bashkin001). I had a couple of photos short-listed for publication in (non-paying) city guides of Oxford and Tucson- my big excitement of the week.
I've read a lot lately, and written abut some of it at Nearly nothing but novels. More to come!