THE BOOKSELLER, by Mark Pryor, is the first of a new mystery series. Look, there’s the Eiffel Tower. Oh boy, Paris. And it’s about the bouquinistes of Paris who are getting killed.
Of course the cover drew me in. I thumbed through the book and liked the format. I also love the use of the French language throughout in snippets. And Pryor sure seems to know his way around the city and behind the scenes. Adds so much local color.
“Max, an elderly Paris bookstall owner, is abducted at gunpoint. Almost in front of his friend, Hugo Marston, head of security at the US embassy.” Hence, it begins.
I have long been fascinated with the bookstalls along the Seine in Paris. You will remember seeing them featured in many movies, most recently MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. Being a book lover and voracious reader, these stalls are calling my name. Now with this new mystery, not only am I drawn into the story, I am drawn into the fabulous City of Light.
Pryor is a former newspaper writer from England. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children. He has a keen sense of place, and his background shows through with his attention to details that help us keep up with this sleuthing.
Hugo Marston is the star of this new series. His character comes across as a real normal guy. He has normal problems and we can relate. And his sidekick is Tom Green who is a retired CIA operative. And what a character he is. This is where the comic relief comes in. Add a love interest for Hugo and you have a hit.
We find out early on that Max has a big secret. He is a holocaust survivor with a secret. Makes it even more intriguing. And toss drugs into the mix. There you go.
Finding an old, important book is exciting. Finding one that is worth a fortune is another thing. Would someone actually murder for a book or for information or for drugs? Read Mark Pryor’s THE BOOKSELLER and find out.
My copy of THE BOOKSELLER came from Seventh Street Books. Thanks so much Seventh Street Books, a division of Prometheus Books.