American novelist Helen Hancock is in Paris to research her work-in-progress and teach a writing class when she discovers a spy camera hidden in her room at the luxury Hotel Sorbonne. Hancock notifies the US embassy, which dispatches former FBI profiler Hugo Marston to investigate. Almost immediately the stakes are raised when a bell-hop is found dead in the hotel's stairwell. Police tell Hugo they have discovered evidence on the dead man's computer suggesting that he was the one who bugged Hancock's room. The next day things become even more complicated when a salacious video clip explodes across the Internet showing Hancock in the embrace of Ambrosio Silva, one of her writing students--both are naked and nothing is left to the imagination. But when Hugo tries to find him, his investigation leads only to Silva's dead body. He too has been murdered. Through a series of sharp deductions, Hugo uncovers new evidence pointing to the most surprising suspect of all. A close call with a dark figure on the steps of his own apartment building proves that he's on the right track and leaves no doubt that he is next on the hit list.
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS HUGO MARSTON NOVELS: "Seriously good reading...Paris fans will love the descriptions of the city, recognize favourite places and feel they can see the scenes as the story unfolds...The plot is deftly weaved, intelligent and fast paced and this modern day Sherlock Holmes - think Jack Reacher if he was cultured - isn't perfect a perfect hero, but you'd definitely want him on your side. Clever, sharp, appealing Hugo Marston - a terrific character and a great read." Ã¢ The Good Life France "Pryor is an expert at characterization... Equally alive are the Paris locations; to read the book is to smell and taste the food, feel the air of the city, and hear the language... Spending a couple of hours in the company of Hugo Marston is always enjoyable, and reading The Paris Librarian was no exception."Ã¢ Reviewing the Evidence "Once you've had a bit, you can't wait for more." Ã¢ Oprah.com (on The Bookseller) "Mark Pryor is one of the best new voices in crime fiction; and Hugo Marston, one of the most appealing detectives to come along in years." Ã¢ Deborah Crombie, New York Times-bestselling author "Sure to appeal to mystery lovers, book collectors, and Francophiles alike, The Paris Librarian is an welcome addition to an enjoyable series."Ã¢ Shelf Awareness for Readers "Those who love Paris and environs will thrill to the setting, which is ably and lovingly evoked....Marston is a well-drawn and engaging character..." Ã¢ Bookgasm.com "The sixth Hugo Marston novel has it all: a Paris setting, a locked-room death that may or may not be murder, a beautiful actress who was a spy for the French resistance during the Second World War and a dead Nazi...Marston follows the clues in a finely structured plot that's one of Pryor's best books yet."Ã¢ Toronto Globe & Mail
Mark Pryor is the author of the Hugo Marston novels The Bookseller, The Crypt Thief, The Blood Promise, The Button Man, The Reluctant Matador, and The Paris Librarian, as well as the standalone novel, Hollow Man. He has also published the true-crime book As She Lay Sleeping. A native of Hertfordshire, England, he is an assistant district attorney in Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife and three children.