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The Crypt Thief
by Mark Pryor
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A good follow up to the first in the series, both well written, engaging. Interesting main characters, plot and good suspense - the protagonist is a US Embassy employee in charge of security. The villain in this one was very creepy/scary so it really held my attention. The writer is British but has lived in the US for a number of years. My complaints: I like novels that are more thought-provoking rather than just action-suspense novels without much below the surface. The second issue, for me, is that I found the dialogue, especially between the main protagonist and his CIA sidekick to be a bit forced, over the top, too much slang, swearing and seemingly 'cool' phrases, as if the author was going out of his way to make the book more appealing to a mass US audience. Not sure I will be in a hurry to read the next in this series. ( )
murder, law-enforcement, paris, madness, serial-killer, audiobook
Hugo Marston is an exceptional investigator with a complicated past, as is his old friend Tom, and then there are Capitale Raul Garcia and reporter Claudia. They work kind of together to solve some really difficult but overlapping cases, including Tom's worsening alcoholism. The main thing is identifying and stopping a madman with a horrible agenda. Very well done!
Todd McLaren is the excellent narrator for this series.
In many ways the weakest of the Hugo Marston novels I've read. More violence than the others or at least more graphic. The villain is "bad" physically & mentally scarred as opposed to the physically prime hero. It does have a stronger depiction of one of the recurring character, reporter Claudia, who takes independent action. Overall an entertaining read, just less so than the other novels in the series.
Good read, after this second Hugo Marston novel I am really thinking the series will be very good. This book in its own is good, not quite as good as the first, but it kept me flipping the pages quickly! A little too much specific detail writing at times in places that were a little dark but I guess that's an attribute to the author that I was really visualizing. It has the same depth of characters, layered plots and intriguingly unique storylines.
Number 2 in the series. Hugo Marston lead character is Head of Security at US Embassy in Paris. Desecration of graves at Pere La Chaise leads our hero on the trail of serial killer.
Book reads more like a class B detective flick from the 80's
Shootings,chases,alcoholic agents,pretty girls.
Fast easy read . Men will love the characters in this book. Moulin Rouge girls included.
Who killed the young couple whose bodies are found next to Jim Morrisonâ€™s grave in Parisâ€™s PĂ¨re Lachaise cemetery? Thatâ€™s the central question in Pryorâ€™s second novel in the series featuring Hugo Marston, the stolid but likable head of security at the American embassy in Paris. The mystery is diverting, the Parisian atmosphere enchanting, and the book less a whodunit than an entertaining whydunit. But as a favour to readers, could Pryor please ditch Hugoâ€™s drunken CIA pal who may be the most irritating sidekick in current crime fiction?
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It's summer in Paris and two tourists have been murdered in Páere Lachaise cemetery in front of Jim Morrison's grave. The cemetery is locked down and put under surveillance, but the killer returns, flitting in and out like a ghost, and breaks into the crypt of a long-dead Moulin Rouge dancer. In a bizarre twist, he disappears under the cover of night with part of her skeleton. One of the dead tourists is an American and the other is a woman linked to a suspected terrorist; so the U.S. ambassador sends his best man and the embassy's head of security--Hugo Marston--to help the French police with their investigation. When the thief breaks into another crypt at a different cemetery, stealing bones from a second famed dancer, Hugo is stumped. How does this killer operate unseen? And why is he stealing the bones of once-famous can-can girls?
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 â€”Â Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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