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The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel | [Mark Pryor]

The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel

Max - an elderly Paris bookstall owner - is abducted at gunpoint. His friend Hugo Marston, head of security at the U.S. embassy, launches a search. His 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? Before long, other booksellers start to disappear, their bodies found floating in the Seine. Then Marston himself becomes a target of the unknown assassins.
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Max - an elderly Paris bookstall owner - is abducted at gunpoint. His friend Hugo Marston, head of security at the U.S. 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.

©2012 Mark Pryor (P)2013 Tantor

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    alexis Richmond, CA, United States 03-29-14
    alexis Richmond, CA, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2007

    author & web developer

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    "Waiting For Books 2 & 3"

    This is a compelling story set in Paris. Just wish the whole series was on Audible, and that the narrator was more like David Collaci, a personal favorite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-22-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Good, solid beginning for a series."

    Mark Pryor crafts a mystery from seemingly unrelated murders, rare book intrigue, corrupt police, and drug trade in Paris. Hugo Marston, who works for the US Embassy, gets pulled in when a friend disappears and the police abruptly close the file. The twisted trail through the disparate clues and, initially, the lack of belief/cooperation from the police make for several mysteries that eventually are sorted out and wrapped up.

    This is a good beginning installment for a series; I hope the next two books are on Audible soon.

    I was not familiar with this narrator, but his performance is more than adequate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott San Tan Valley, AZ, United States 07-13-13
    Scott San Tan Valley, AZ, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2005

    Professional DJ, MC, KJ, VJ: Game Master, and entertainer for The Party Favers. Personalized music and entertainment. 866.569.1793

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    "Enjoyable, but slow"

    I enjoyed the Bookseller. My first time reading this author.
    Hugo and his counterparts made for a good team and
    story. It just moved a little slow.

    If you enjoy a book that takes its time getting there,
    then this will be a nice leisure, read. Nice and tidy
    wrap up at the end. With just some minor twists.

    Yes, I will read the next, when\if available. [Smile]

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    Carol United States 11-18-14
    Carol United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story"
    Would you listen to The Bookseller again? Why?

    No, I would not listen to this again - too many books and too little time!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bookseller?

    The Nazi - Jewish background and its part in the story line


    What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening always adds to the dramatic effect of a story.


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