Hugo Marston's friend Paul Rogers dies unexpectedly in a locked room at the American Library in Paris. The police conclude that Rogers died of natural causes, but Hugo is certain mischief is afoot.
As he pokes around the library, Hugo discovers that rumors are swirling around some recently donated letters from American actress Isabelle Severin. The reason: they may indicate that the actress had aided the Resistance in frequent trips to France toward the end of World War II. Even more dramatic is the legend that the Severin collection also contains a dagger, one she used to kill an SS officer in 1944.
Hugo delves deeper into the stacks at the American library and finally realizes that the history of this case isn't what anyone suspected. But to prove he's right, Hugo must return to the scene of a decades-old crime.
Mark Pryor s Hugo Marston series is one of the most engaging mystery series going, and the latest installment does not disappoint. Atmospheric and intricate, and suffused with the romance of modern Paris. A great read. WILLIAM LANDAY, bestselling author of "Defending Jacob" "The Paris Librarian"is the latest entry in one of my favorite series in crime fiction.Mark Pryor keeps getting better and better the great sense of place, a bibliophile mystery, and a well-crafted novel of suspense all add up to a fantastic read. LINDA FAIRSTEIN, author of "Killer Look," an Alexandra Cooper novel My favorite bibliophile returns in this stylish and entertaining read. Hugo Marston has a nose for first editions, and trouble.In this deftly plotted mystery, the Paris cafes are beguiling, the clues are subtle and ingenious, and the denouement is both thrilling and unexpected.The author is in impeccable form. CAROL K. CARR, author of the Madam of Espionage Mysteries Mark Pryor is at the top of his game with "The Paris Librarian," the latest installment of the Hugo Marston series." "While the characters remain warm and familiar, the suspense will keep you guessing well into the wee hours of the morning. It s always a treat to step back into Hugo s world. Pryor has cemented himself as a mystery writer not to be missed. JENNIFER HILLIER, author of "Creep" and "Wonderland " A book lover s mystery and a mystery lover s book. Is it possible to make Paris a more intriguing city? Pryor has done it, yet again. Rare books, not-so-rare death, and a cafe au lait. So real you can smell the baguettes. Pryor s books are like an elegant cafe you can t wait to visit again . . . with friends. I d follow Hugo Marston down any rue sombre. STEVEN SIDOR, author of" "Pitch Dark"""
Mark Pryor is the author of the Hugo Marston novels"The Bookseller, The Crypt Thief, The Blood Promise, The Button Man, " and "The Reluctant Matador," and the stand-alone "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."