The Bookseller

The Bookseller

The First Hugo Marston Novel

Paperback - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781616147082
1616147083
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 21 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 04, 2017

Interesting complex plot in this debut novel in a thriller series set in Paris. The violence is fairly underplayed, there's lots of wit, the dialog is mostly well done. The sometimes tense relationship between Marston and his boss, the US ambassador to Paris, with the ambassador's reminders to keep out of French police and political affairs, is an added plus. I tried to decide which other characters are likely to be recurring ones. I will look forward to reading others in the series, and hope to learn as much about French and Parisian life and history as I did in this one. I did find one hole in the plot, but it wasn't a major one. Hopefully by the second novel in the series, Pryor and his editor will avoid things like this.

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Jan 28, 2017

I quite enjoyed this first book of Hugo Marston by Mark Pryor. Hugo is a Texan transplanted into Paris, cowboy boots and all - working as security for the US Embassy. If there isn't a story there .... . I found the book just the right amount of character development, action and not too much extras on the side (which I like). Hugo is joined by his abrasive CIA friend Tom, who walks just on the other side of proper protocol. The storyline was interesting especially the glimpse into the river side booksellers lives.

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rita505
Aug 29, 2016

Hugo and Claudia are attractive characters. Loved the settings in and around Paris. Did not care for Tom or his dirty dialogue, a real distraction.

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Brockington
Aug 14, 2016

Enjoyed this one. Will read more of this series.

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BrownBird46
Nov 15, 2014

A very enjoyable read. I love the Paris setting and the book world connection. A successful debut novel. Looking forward to reading future Hugo Marston novels by this author..

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 06, 2013

If you have ever browsed among the booksellers’ carts along the banks of the Seine in Paris, you will easily immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this mystery involving the suspicious deaths of three bouquinistes. Hugo’s CIA agent friend, Tom, is looking for some excitement and Hugo is on leave from his Embassy duties; together they investigate the deaths and the significance of the rare and valuable book that Max, one of the bouquinistes who was a Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter, sold to Hugo.

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jiggs_1945
Apr 09, 2013

really enjoye this one. hope there will be many more by this author

hgeng63 Feb 07, 2013

Disappointing. Wooden stick figure characters, uneven plotting, some gratuitous sex, & not enough info on the French booksellers.

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SEBoiko
Aug 23, 2016

... that no one lies unless they have to.

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There's no shame in bad luck.

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History isn't just written by the victorious,...

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SEBoiko
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Break into my house and my soldiers get to crush yours.

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SEBoiko
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..., curiosity is a sign of intelligence.

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No compliment without an insult.

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