The Bookseller

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The Bookseller

by Mark Pryor

published by Seventh Street Books


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.

(from Goodreads)

My Review

This debut novel by Mark Pryor has been my favorite book of 2013 so far.  This is a captivating mystery set in Paris that centers on books and world of the bouquinistes, the booksellers with stalls around the Seine.  Hugo Marston work at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.  During a day off, he stops at the stall of a friend, the elderly Max Koche.  As he is returning to purchase something from Max, he witnesses his abduction and off we go on an amazing adventure.   I can not believe this is a debut novel.  I thought the writing was very good, and was impressed with the descriptions of Paris.  I enjoyed learning about the history of the booksellers.  The characters were nicely developed and I am really looking forward to knowing more about them.  I definitely would recommend this book.

Rating- 4.5

a "bouquiniste" by the Seine, in Par...

a “bouquiniste” by the Seine, in Paris, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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