Book Artist
by Pryor, Mark

"Hugo Marston, head of security for the U.S. Embassy in Paris, puts his life in danger when he investigates the murder of a celebrated artist, all the while fending off an assassin looking to settle an old score against him"-

Mark Pryor is the author of the Hugo Marston novels, The Bookseller, The Crypt Thief, The Blood Promise, The Button Man, The Reluctant Matador, The Paris Librarian, and The Sorbonne Affair, as well as Hollow Man and Dominic. He has also published the true-crime book As She Lay Sleeping. A native of Hertfordshire, England, Pryor is an assistant district attorney in Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife and three children.

In the eighth Hugo Marston mystery, the head of security at the American embassy in Paris has a murder to solve and an old problem to resolve. When Alia Alsaffar is found dead at the opening of her exhibit of sculptures made from books, the suspects appear to be her stepbrother; her painter friend, who is being professionally overshadowed; and the husband and wife who were about to be dropped as her sponsors. But the French detective leading the investigation arrests Marston's great friend, journalist Claudia Roux, based on DNA evidence. At the same time, Marston's best friend, ex-CIA agent Tom Green, is tracking released convict Rick Cofer, who's out for the blood of both Green and Marston, whom Cofer holds responsible for the death of his brother. While only gunfire settles the latter situation, Marston, as usual, applies his redoubtable deductive-reasoning skills to the murder. Another fine entry in a solid series that pairs nicely with Chris Pavone's forthcoming The Paris Diversion (2019), which is also awash in Parisian ambiance. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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