The Bookseller by Mark Pryor
The First Hugo Marston Novel

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Who is killing the celebrated bouquinistes of Paris?

Max—an elderly Paris bookstall owner—is abducted at gunpoint. His friend, Hugo Marston, head of security at the US embassy, looks on helplessly, powerless to do anything to stop the kidnapper. Marston launches a search, enlisting the help of semiretired CIA agent Tom Green. Their investigation reveals that Max was a Holocaust survivor and later became a Nazi hunter. Is his disappearance somehow tied to his grim history, or even to the mysterious old books he sold?

On the streets of Paris, tensions are rising as rival drug gangs engage in violent turf wars. Before long, other booksellers start to disappear, their bodies found floating in the Seine. Though the police are not interested in his opinion, Marston is convinced the hostilities have something to do with the murders of these bouquinistes. Then he himself becomes a target of the unknown assassins.

With Tom by his side, Marston finally puts the pieces of the puzzle together, connecting the past with the present and leading the two men, quite literally, to the enemy's lair. Just as the killer intended.


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About Mark Pryor

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Mark Pryor (Austin, TX) is the author of The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel, and the true-crime book As She Lay Sleeping. A former newspaper reporter from England and now an assistant district attorney with the Travis County District Attorney's Office, in Austin, Texas, he is the creator of the true-crime blog DAConfidential. He has appeared on CBS News's 48 Hours and Discovery Channel's Discovery ID: Cold Blood. For more on Mark Pryor, visit his website: www.markpryorbooks.com.








Author Residence: Austin, TX
 
Published October 9, 2012 by Seventh Street Books. 312 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Austin, Tex., ADA Pryor introduces, in his amiable first mystery, a former FBI profiler, and transplanted Texan, Hugo Marston. Wandering the City of Light on vacation from his official position as the

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Pryor minimizes any of the true crime grittiness readers of his true crime blog, D.A.Confidential.com, might have expected, instead sketching a somewhat touristy but nonetheless convincing France and a refreshingly unconflicted, likable hero.

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Reviewing the Evidence

In the first of a new Hugo Marston series by Mark Pryor, the bouquinistes of Paris (bookstall owers along the Seine) are under attack.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Texan Hugo Marston is the head of security at the US Embassy in Paris.

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Library Journal

Another is that I didn’t get to review this book until after the summer of 2012, because it’s a superb, tween-friendly summer read with young love, treasure, rivals, teamwork, and Ireland.

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Portland Book Review

Hugo Marston, head of security at the US embassy and former FBI agent, must rekindle his training when he witnesses the kidnapping of his elderly friend Max, a Paris bookstall owner.

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Buried Under Books

Throw in an intriguing journalist, the Parisian police, Nazi hunters, drug dealers and the hindrances that come with being attached to a US embassy and there’s hardly anything more you need (and Hugo’s Texas background adds a flavor that mixes nicely with Paris).

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Oct 11 2012 | Read Full Review of The Bookseller: The First Hug...

Books, secrecy, and intrigue are good, but setting this book in Paris propels a male version of a Harlequin romance, a James Bond-ian fantasy with all the secret embellishments that we dudes harbor deep in our absurd little psyches. Exhibit 1: Skills: Hugo Marston is former FBI and now chief of U...

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