The Crypt Thief by Mark Pryor
A Hugo Marston Novel

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I had no interest in any of the characters and the serial killer’s motivation is fairly obvious from the first quarter of the book. Indeed, The Crypt Thief is about as interesting as an episode of Criminal Minds transplanted from Las Vegas showgirls to Paris can-can dancers with a little local colour thrown in to make it look better.
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Synopsis

It’s summer in Paris and two tourists have been murdered in Père Lachaise cemetery in front of Jim Morrison’s grave. The cemetery is locked down and put under surveillance, but the killer returns, flitting in and out like a ghost, and breaks into the crypt of a long-dead Moulin Rouge dancer. In a bizarre twist, he disappears under the cover of night with part of her skeleton.

One of the dead tourists is an American and the other is a woman linked to a suspected terrorist; so the US ambassador sends his best man and the embassy’s head of security—Hugo Marston—to help the French police with their investigation.

When the thief breaks into another crypt at a different cemetery, stealing bones from a second famed dancer, Hugo is stumped. How does this killer operate unseen? And why is he stealing the bones of once-famous can-can girls?

Hugo cracks the secrets of the graveyards but soon realizes that old bones aren’t all this killer wants. . . .


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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 May 7, 2013 by Seventh Street Books. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by xoxoxoe on Jul 05 2013

The book’s pace moves quickly enough, and the central criminal, a sort-of serial killer who seems as interested in digging up dead bones as killing live bodies, is certainly repellant, in the tradition of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter...

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Reviewed by xoxoxoe on Jun 21 2013

I wasn’t completely convinced by Hugo’s Paris. The author and his hero seemed most comfortable when they were in the Père Lachaise cemetery, or out of town chasing clues.

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Reviewed by Doris Meredith on May 05 2013

Although The Crypt Thief has an imaginative plot and a strong sense of place, Hugo Marston lacks the angst and personality flaws that allow readers to identify with him.

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Jun 12 2013

I had no interest in any of the characters and the serial killer’s motivation is fairly obvious from the first quarter of the book. Indeed, The Crypt Thief is about as interesting as an episode of Criminal Minds transplanted from Las Vegas showgirls to Paris can-can dancers with a little local colour thrown in to make it look better.

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