The Crypt Thief

A Hugo Marston Novel

Mark Pryor
  • 260 pp
  • ISBN 978-1-61614-785-3
  • Paperback
  • $15.95
  • May 2013

Also available in ebook format World Rights (English)

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Hugo Marston must investigate a twisted grave robber . . . and a killer.

It's summer in Paris and two tourists have been killed in Père La Chaise cemetery in front of Jim Morrison's grave. One of the dead tourists is American and the other a woman linked to a known terrorist; so the US ambassador sends his best man and the embassy's head of security--Hugo Marston--to help the French police with their investigation. At first, Hugo is stumped. How does this killer operate unseen? And why is he stealing the bones of once-famous can-can girls?

Hugo cracks the secrets of the graveyard, but soon realizes that old bones aren't all this serial killer wants: his ultimate plan requires the flesh and organs of the living. And when the crypt thief spots the former FBI agent on his tail, he decides that Hugo's body will do just fine.

Praise for The Crypt Thief:

"The Hugo Marston series now belongs on every espionage fan's watch list."


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

-RT Book Reviews

"Two young lovers make the fatal mistake of sneaking into Paris's Père Lachaise Cemetery the same night as a bone-stealing psychopath in Pryor's propulsive second novel starring affable former FBI profiler Hugo Marston…. The engaging characters sweep readers into a suspenseful chase from Pigalle to the Pyrenées."

-Publishers Weekly

"An eerily good read. Pryor has crafted another chilling, complex, and compelling story. Don't start it if you need a good night's sleep!"

-Allison Leotta, author of Speak of the Devil

"A complex puzzle, genuine suspense, and a compelling protagonist-what more can any reader ask for? Oh yeah, a great location: Paris. I'm sold."

-Michael Robotham, author of Say You're Sorry

Praise for The Bookseller:

"[A] tale of a city that's gritty, utterly real and filled with surprises both horrifying and tender. Much like a baguette, this fabulous story is crusty on the outside, sweet on the inside, and once you've had a bit, you can't wait for more."

"[A] fascinating adventure with enough intrigue to satisfy every reader…. A fantastic debut!"

-RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars

"Pryor's steady and engrossing debut combines Sherlockian puzzle solving with Eric Ambler-like spy intrigue. With a cast of characters you want to know better…."

-Library Journal Starred Review and Mystery Debut of the Month

"[A] well-crafted debut novel. Pryor creates a new hero full of intelligence and charm which mixes well with the ever twisting plot of the story. Each turn of the page is a new piece of the complex puzzle that readers will enjoy fitting together. A leaf out of a classic Agatha Christie novel, mixed with the modern world of crime, is a suspenseful adventure waiting to happen."

Portland Book Review

Mark Pryor (Austin, TX) is the author of The Bookseller, the first Hugo Marston novel, and the true-crime book As She Lay Sleeping. A former newspaper reporter from England and now an assistant district attorney with the Travis County District Attorney's Office, in Austin, Texas, he is the creator of the true-crime blog DAConfidential. He has appeared on CBS News's 48 Hours and Discovery Channel's Discovery ID: Cold Blood.

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