Pryor introduces Hugo Marston, once FBI, now head of security at the Paris U.S. embassy, and his friend Tom Green, a brash former CIA agent. They are caught in a fascinating adventure with enough intrigue to satisfy every reader. Kudos for a fantastic debut!
Hugo collects books and purchases valuable ones from his friend, bouquiniste Max. After he witnesses unknown assailants kidnap Max and a stranger take over his book stall, Hugo embarks on a search for the kidnappers. He pulls Tom into the investigation, and their search into Max’s past reveals he was a Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter. This leads them to a man who purchased one of Hugo’s books and his journalist daughter; the man has secrets of his own. Other bouquinistes’ bodies are discovered in the Seine, and Hugo connects them to escalating drug wars in the City of Light. Hugo and Tom are caught in a trap as they separate the bad guys from the good. (SEVENTH STREET, Oct., 309 pp., $15.95)