RENDEZVOUS EIGHTEENTH by JAKE LAMAR
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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