The Crypt Thief: A Hugo Marston Novel

Seventh St. Bks.: Prometheus. May 2013. 256p. ISBN 9781616147853. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616147860. M
When two young people (one the son of a U.S. senator and the other a Pakistani woman) are shot dead in a Paris cemetery, the American Embassy brings in security expert Hugo to investigate. The senator is convinced terrorism is behind the murder, but a second incident at the cemetery—a grave robbery—causes Hugo to question that connection. His instincts are proved correct when he learns that the Pakistani victim was a professional dancer and that the grave robbery was of the remains of a famed Moulin Rouge dancer. While Hugo applies his profiling skills to the case, other investigators want to track down another Pakistani as a person of interest. Collateral damage ensues. Meanwhile, a warped individual is systematically trying to reconstruct a living being. He's on a tight time line though, and Hugo must outfox the serial killer soon.
VERDICT Pryor's second case for Marston (after The Bookseller) doesn't disappoint. The crazed serial killer leads readers into the darkest regions of Paris, making it a good bet for Cara Black fans.
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