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Cara Black's love of all things French was kindled by the French-speaking nuns at her Catholic high school. This was also where Black 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 afterward and had a spot of bother with her shoes). For the scoop on real Paris crime, she takes the flics out for drinks and dinner to hear their stories—it usually turns into a long evening, which is why she sticks with espresso. "Night Flight to Paris" is her latest book in the Aimée Leduc Investigations series.
Awards: Macavity Award, Best Historical Novel Left Coast Crime, Dashiel Hammett Prize nominee, Medaille de la Ville de Paris (City of Paris medal awarded for cultural contribuiton)