The Crypt Thief

The Crypt Thief

A Hugo Marston Novel

Book - 2013
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It's summer in Paris and two tourists have been murdered in Père Lachaise cemetery in front of Jim Morrison's grave. The cemetery is locked down and put under surveillance, but the killer returns, flitting in and out like a ghost, and breaks into the crypt of a long-dead Moulin Rouge dancer. In a bizarre twist, he disappears under the cover of night with part of her skeleton. One of the dead tourists is an American and the other is a woman linked to a suspected terrorist; so the U.S. ambassador sends his best man and the embassy's head of security--Hugo Marston--to help the French police with their investigation. When the thief breaks into another crypt at a different cemetery, stealing bones from a second famed dancer, Hugo is stumped. How does this killer operate unseen? And why is he stealing the bones of once-famous can-can girls?
Publisher: Amherst, New York : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781616147853
Branch Call Number: Mystery Pry
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 14, 2016

To avoiding self-destruction.

Sep 14, 2016

Ah yes, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

Sep 14, 2016

That's what I live for, to make people happy.

Sep 14, 2016

..., that morality is a disease that should be addressed.

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Jan 13, 2020

“It was a dark and stormy night…”. Okay, it was not stormy but in MARK PRYOR’s second thriller, starring Hugo Marston entitled THE CRYPT THIEF, the story opens in a famous Paris cemetery in the middle of a dark night. Spooky.

The villain, nicknamed The Scarab, is up to no good. He kills a young couple before he finishes his grisly work of stealing bones of a famous, deceased Moulin Rouge dancer. Why is Hugo Marston interested in this crime? One of the victims is the son of a United States Senator who is about to start an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. That is Hugo’s workplace where he is the chief of security for the embassy. A second reason is that the woman may be a Middle Eastern terrorist.

The Scarab is one of the most evil villains this reader has ever seen in nearly 70 years of reading. He thinks he is a modern day Dr. Frankenstein, stealing bones of famous Moulin Rouge dancers in order the recreate his mother, also a famous dancer at that Parisian icon.
Hugo calls his “team” together to help solve the crimes. The group includes Claudia, a crime reporter and Hugo’s sometimes lover; Captain Raul Garcia of the Paris police; Tom Green his best friend and C.I.A. contract employee and the U.S. Ambassador Bradford Taylor. Garcia and Green both end up being shot by The Scarab.

A parallel story involves the threat of terrorism by a Middle East team one of whom is shot by The Scarab in the opening chapter. The other terrorist is eliminated by the Paris police. The story takes place in Paris and the southwest of France near the Spanish border.

All in all a very satisfying story. As in the first book in the series, THE BOOKSELLER, there is plenty of action, some romance and a starring role for the city of Paris. Highly recommended reading for fans of mysteries and international intrigue. The author keeps the reader engrossed at all times. Fast paced.


Sep 10, 2019

Hardcover book available thru MNLINK.

May 25, 2015

Hugo Marston #2


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