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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 ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Minotaur Books
(first published November 1st 2003)
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Jake Lamar's Rendezvous Eighteenth is set in modern day Paris's Eighteenth Arrondissement, a beautiful and decadent section of town that underachieving African American Ricky Jenks has chosen to call home for the past ten years. Ricky is leading a carefree bohemian lifestyle as a musician in a small café until his peaceful existence is interrupted by a desperate phone call from his least favorite cousin, Cassius, a renowned surgeon to the NFL and NBA athletes. Cassius is looking for his wife (Se ...more
Set in Paris, France in the late 1990's, this book is the bizarre story of Ricky, an African-American expatriate living in France to escape his over-achieving family and specifically his cousin who commandeered his former fiancé on the eve of their wedding. Ricky likes his simple life in Paris as a pianist in a bar and his network of black friends in the Eighteenth Arrondissement. Then one day, his cousin Cash comes calling for his help after 10 years of not speaking to each other. Thus begins t ...more
If you love books set in Paris or want to learn more about Black Americans living there in the 90's, this is the book for you. The neighborhoods where many congregate, interesting markets and cafes in the less touristy parts of Paris, Montmartre, and more are brought to life in this novel that offers a nice visual display that forms a panorama in the reader's mind. I couldn't give it 5 stars but it is refreshingly different and a decent thriller.
i am disturbed. not in a giovanni room's way, just disturbed by the ending. i was expecting something more substantial. i liked the portrait into the expatriate and immigrant community in paris *albeit a fiction one*. guess you could say i'm more disappointed than disturbed. but i'm willing to give jake lamar the benefit of my loyalty since he did literally follow in the footsteps of james baldwin!
A good friend who lives in Paris recommended this mystery and writer. Lamar created an atmosphere so real the reader feels like walking those streets of Paris. The story is based on an African American male's experience, so that was a modern twist and extremely accurate. The story has a lot of twists and surprises, backed up by smooth writing.