Haunting imagery in Père La Chaise cemetery sets the stage for Pryor’s chilling sophomore entry, and the City of Light becomes the backdrop for Marston’s adventures. The clever antagonist leads him on a merry chase that will keep the reader entertained throughout.

When the son of a U.S. senator and his girlfriend are murdered in Paris’ Père La Chaise cemetery in front of Jim Morrison’s grave, a serial killer known as the Scarab comes to light. Regional Security Officer Hugo Marston and his CIA buddy Tom Green must discover why the man is also desecrating graves and removing bones. Their search leads them to the underbelly of Paris, the famous Moulin Rouge and a suspected terrorist. Complicating the investigation is the senator, who wants the matter treated as an all-out terrorist alert, while Marston believes they should head in a different direction. More lives are sacrificed as the Scarab’s diabolical scheme comes to light, a scheme that puts Marston’s life in danger. (SEVENTH STREET, May, 260 pp., $15.95)

Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown