This is an older novel in the Aimee Leduc investigation series, #5, and was published in 2005. Aimee is a Parisian computer security expert, who finds herself embroiled in murder investigations as she tries to simultaneously run her security firm. Her partner in the firm, Rene is a dwarf but well schooled in martial arts. This mystery involves a number of stolen Vietnamese jade zodiac figurines, shortly after Amy takes possession of them, intending to give to a third party. the jade pieces are sought by many, and Aimee’s partner Rene is kidnapped in an effort to force her to find the valuable figurines.
Black uses vivid descriptions as Aimee runs around Paris, which is enjoyable to read if you have already visited the city. The list of characters involved in quite long, and sometimes difficult to keep track of. But the novel flows well, and keeps you in suspense until the end.