by Michael Pryor
First in a new mystery series, set in Paris. Hugo Marston is the head of security for the U.S. Embassy in Paris, recovering from a relationship break-up and enjoying the prestige of a job he's good at after years of intelligence work. When one of his Parisian friends, a quirky bookstall owner named Max appears to be threatened and then disappears, Hugo feels obligated to look into the matter on his week off of work -- mainly because the local authorities seem to be turning a blind eye to the situation. With the assistance of an old ex-CIA friend and a crusading female reporter (with whom he's begun a new relationship), Marston steps on lots of the wrong people's toes as he tries to discover the fate of his friend...the bookseller. Really nice descriptions of the settings, even if the characters are a bit wooden. The second volume is due out in 2013. -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library
[Also available in downloadable E-book format.]
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