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"Another first novel in a new series that you will enjoy. Hugo Marston, former FBI and now head of security at the US embassy in Paris, witnesses the violent kidnapping of a man who has sold him books; when the police do not act, he calls on an old friend, Tom Green, former CIA spook, to help him in his unofficial investigation. The intelligent characterization that is created between them makes Marston and Green a team to follow."— Raul
"Enough intrigue to satisfy every reader. . . . A fantastic debut!"
-RT Book Reviews
"Once you've had a bit, you can't wait for more."
"Pryor's steady and engrossing debut combines Sherlockian puzzle solving with Eric Ambler-like spy intrigue. With a cast of characters you want to know better and a storyline cloaked in World War II betrayals…the author winningly blends contemporary crime with historical topics."
-Library Journal Starred Review and Debut of the Month
“[A] well-crafted debut novel. Mark Pryor creates a new hero full of intelligence and charm which mixes well with the ever twisting plot of the story. Each turn of the page is a new piece of the complex puzzle that readers will enjoy fitting together. A leaf out of a classic Agatha Christie novel, mixed with the modern world of crime, is a suspenseful adventure waiting to happen.”
-Portland Book Review
“This is enjoyable French investigation in which Paris as seen through Hugo’s eyes comes to life. Hugo is a solid hero though his inquiry may make him persona non grata and expelled from France. Although the violent abductions and homicides are somewhat muted, the storyline is fast-paced from start to Hugo and Tom confronting their adversary who expects their visit.”
-The Mystery Gazette
"Stylish, suspenseful, and smart, Mark Pryor's The Bookseller conveys the reader expertly through a puzzle of missing Nazi hunters and drug deals. Fans of Alan Furst will find much to love. As strong and welcome as a hot coffee on a chilly Paris morning. Bibliophiles, Francophiles, and mystery addicts rejoice! The debut of Hugo Marston is one you don't want to miss."
-Steven Sidor, author of Pitch Dark
“It had everything I enjoy and more. Paris, books, intrique, thrills, Paris, twisted villians, passionate romance (it IS Paris after all), sinfully delicious foods, fascinating people, a hard driving storyline…. [Pryor] has a gift for describing scenes so perfectly that he makes the readers' senses come alive.”
“A real page-turner. This is what thriller writers always aim to produce and so often fail to get right…. You can’t ask for better than this.”
-San Francisco Book Review
“This exciting and well-written novel is the first in a new series and I look forward to additional installments.... Congratulations, Mark Pryor. You've written a real gem!”