Rendezvous Eighteenth

American Mysteries in Paris, featuring Ricky Jenks (Volume 1)

Jake Lamar

Minotaur Books

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Rendezvous Eighteenth marks the emergence of an exciting voice in crime fiction. Ricky Jenks gave up life in the U.S. years ago and is content, if not happy, with his life as a piano player in a small café in the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris. He has many friends among the other African-Americans living in Paris and is happily, if casually, involved with a French Muslim woman.

But then everything changes. His American life comes crashing down on him when his estranged cousin wants help finding his runaway wife, whom he thinks might have come to Paris, even though he's vague about why. That same night Ricky finds a prostitute dead in his apartment building in Paris's Eighteenth Arrondissment, one of the most multicultural sections of Paris. That these two events could be connected is something he never imagines.

This intricate, absorbing thriller is ultimately much more than a suspense novel. Lamar's detailed and vibrant portrait of life in Paris is as much the story of a black man's alienation and redemption-indeed, the story of an entire community searching for a home-as it is a taut thriller about revenge, obsession, and murder.

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Cousin Cash Comes to Paris

What can I tell you? Ricky Jenks was the family embarrassment. The fat kid. The bed wetter. The C student who broke your heart because you just knew he could do better. If only he would "apply'' himself. Laughable athlete. Luckless with girls. Not that he lacked talent. He was a naturally gifted pianist. That, in any event, was what Ricky's parents always said, as if to excuse all his obvious shortcomings. Whatever modicum of artistry Ricky Jenks possessed, he was by no means a musical prodigy. In most families, Ricky's ordinary imperfections might not have been

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"Always a witty and astute social observer, Jake Lamar illuminates the interaction of French locals with Americans abroad, some of them on the lam, in a suspenseful and funny thriller set in the seamy, particularly fascinating Eighteenth Arrondissement of Paris."
- Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce, Le Mariage, and L'affaire

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Jake Lamar

Jake Lamar is the author of the acclaimed memoir Bourgeois Blues and three novels. Born and raised in the Bronx in New York City, he graduated from Harvard University and then spent six years writing for Time magazine. Ten years ago he went to Paris intending to stay for a year; he now lives there full-time with his wife.

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2005
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ISBN: 9780312336059
ISBN10: 0312336055
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$19.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
November 2003
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ISBN: 9781429976374
ISBN10: 1429976373
320 pages
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