Published March 26, 2021

As part of the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book and as the third annual Carol Troxell Reader, acclaimed mystery author Cara Black (Three Hours in Paris) read from and discussed her newest book, a standalone historic thriller set in occupied Paris, in conversation with Ellen Crosby. In Three Hours in Paris, as with her nineteen Aimée LeDuc books set in the Parisian arrondissements, Black masterfully uses the setting to reinforce the story’s many twists and turns.

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“Heart-racing… Three Hours in Paris isn’t just any old formulaic ‘Get out!’ tale. It’s mystery master Cara Black’s first standalone novel, a spy story set during World War II in Occupied Paris. The premise is that an American female sharpshooter is parachuted into France to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Of course, she fails. Using wits alone, she must evade the Gestapo and make it back across the English Channel. Chances of success? Slim to none. Chances that you’ll be able to put Black’s thriller down once you’ve picked it up? Also slim to none.” —Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

“Ms. Black (also the author of a long-running series of detective novels featuring Parisian investigator Aimée Leduc) excels at setting vivid scenes, creating lively characters and maintaining pulse-elevating suspense. Three Hours in Paris, with its timetable structure and its hunt for a covert operative, recalls such comparable works as Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal and Ken Follett’s Eye of the Needle.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal


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