The City of Blood

Paris mystery, Paris artists, Paris nightclubs

There's art to die for, and there's art to kill for

When a major Parisian modern art event gets unexpected attention on live TV, Chief of Police Nico Sirsky and his team of elite crime fighters rush to La Villette park and museum complex. There, renowned artist Samuel Cassian is inaugurating the first archeological dig of modern art, three decades after burying the leftovers of a banquet. In front of reporters from around the world, excavators uncover a skeleton.  Could it be the artist’s own son? And does that death have anything to do with the current string of nightclub murders by the “Paris Butcher”? On the site of the French capital's former slaughterhouses, the investigation takes Nico and France's top criminal investigation division from artists' studios to autopsy theaters and nightclubs in hopes of tracking down the murderer who has turned this Paris park into a city of blood.

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After the huge success The 7th Woman met in France, Frédérique Molay left her career in politics to dedicate her life to writing and raising her three children. She now has five books to her name, including three in the Paris Homicide series. This is the first one of the series.

Find out more about Frédérique Molay.

Jeffrey Zuckerman is a New York-based freelance translator and editor. He holds a degree in English with honors from Yale University, where he studied English literature, creative writing, and translation. 

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The City of Blood

by Frédérique Molay; translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman —published by Le French Book — ISBN: 9781939474186 (trade paperback)/ 9781939474179 (e-book)/ 9781939474193 (hardback)— First published in French (Déjeuner sous l'herbe, Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris, 2012) — Release date: January 20, 2015

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Frédérique Molay portrait 1
Frédérique Molay standing
Frédérique Molay with Mary Higgins Clark