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The reluctant matador : a Hugo Marston novel / Mark Pryor.

By: Pryor, Mark, 1967-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Pryor, Mark, Hugo Marston: 5.; Hugo Marston: 5.Publisher: Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015Description: 298 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781633880023.Subject(s): Models (Persons) -- Fiction | Marston, Hugo (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Paris (France) -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction.DDC classification: 813/.6 Summary: A nineteen-year-old aspiring model has disappeared in Paris. Her father, Bart Denum, turns to his old friend Hugo Marston for help. Marston, the security chief at the American Embassy, makes some inquiries and quickly realizes something is amiss: Bart’s daughter was not a model, but rather a dancer at a seedy strip club. And she headed to Barcelona with some guy she met at the club.With his friend and former CIA agent, Tom Green, Marston heads for Barcelona. The two sleuths identify the man last seen with the girl, break into his house, and encounter a shocking scene: Bart Denum, standing over the dead and battered body of their mysterious stranger. Though Bart protests his innocence, under the damning circumstances, Spanish authorities arrest him for murder.The two American investigators are faced with their biggest challenge ever: find the real killer, prove Bart’s innocence, and locate his missing daughter—without getting killed along the way.
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A nineteen-year-old aspiring model has disappeared in Paris. Her father, Bart Denum, turns to his old friend Hugo Marston for help. Marston, the security chief at the American Embassy, makes some inquiries and quickly realizes something is amiss: Bart's daughter was not a model, but rather a dancer at a seedy strip club. And she headed to Barcelona with some guy she met at the club. With his friend and former CIA agent, Tom Green, Marston heads for Barcelona. The two sleuths identify the man last seen with the girl, break into his house, and encounter a shocking scene: Bart Denum, standing over the dead and battered body of their mysterious stranger. Though Bart protests his innocence, under the damning circumstances, Spanish authorities arrest him for murder. The two American investigators are faced with their biggest challenge ever: find the real killer, prove Bart's innocence, and locate his missing daughter--without getting killed along the way.

A nineteen-year-old aspiring model has disappeared in Paris. Her father, Bart Denum, turns to his old friend Hugo Marston for help. Marston, the security chief at the American Embassy, makes some inquiries and quickly realizes something is amiss: Bart’s daughter was not a model, but rather a dancer at a seedy strip club. And she headed to Barcelona with some guy she met at the club.With his friend and former CIA agent, Tom Green, Marston heads for Barcelona. The two sleuths identify the man last seen with the girl, break into his house, and encounter a shocking scene: Bart Denum, standing over the dead and battered body of their mysterious stranger. Though Bart protests his innocence, under the damning circumstances, Spanish authorities arrest him for murder.The two American investigators are faced with their biggest challenge ever: find the real killer, prove Bart’s innocence, and locate his missing daughter—without getting killed along the way.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Near the start of Pryor's intricately-plotted fifth Hugh Marston novel (after 2014's The Button Man), Hugh, the security chief at the American embassy in Paris, is supposed to meet Amy Dreiss, the 19-year-old stepdaughter of an old friend, Bart Denum, at a restaurant for breakfast, but she fails to show. Amy came to Paris hoping for a modeling career, but Hugh later discovers that the missing teen was working at a strip club instead. Hugh and sidekick Tom Green follow Amy's trail to Barcelona, where she traveled with a young man, Rubén Casteñada, who offered her a job there. When Hugh and Tom check out Casteñada's Barcelona address, they find his body on the apartment floor-and a blood-drenched Bart, who protests his innocence. Extraneous characters and digressions on their habits and history lend a certain aura of coziness to this gory tale. Agent: Ann Collette, Rees Literary Agency. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

In the fifth Hugo Marston espionage novel, Marston follows a trail that represents the downward slope of a young woman's ambitions. Marston, a former FBI agent and currently the security chief at the American embassy in Paris, embarks on an unofficial investigation for an old friend and colleague, Bart Denum, whose daughter, Amy, has moved to Paris from the U.S., seeking a career as a fashion model. And now she's gone missing. Marston, accompanied by his barely functioning but sometimes brilliant alcoholic sidekick, former CIA agent Tom Green, discovers that Amy recently worked as a stripper in a Pigalle club and that she took off to Barcelona with a man who promised her legitimate modeling work. Amy's betrayer is discovered, murdered, with a surprising suspect standing over the body. Lots of twists and turns, with a plot that shines a light on the plight of young women caught in profiteers' machinations. The switch of setting from Paris, the usual, lovingly detailed locale of these novels, to Barcelona, less well depicted, may not be well received by some fans, but this remains a solid entry in an engaging contemporary spy series.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

The head of security at the U.S. Embassy in Paris explores Barcelona in search of a wannabe model. Hugo Marston (The Button Man, 2014, etc.) is looking forward to some pancakes and bacon with his friend Bart Denum's stepdaughter, Amy Dreiss, at Breakfast in America, Paris's trendy answer to IHOP. What he gets is stood up. No call, no text, no Amy. Worried, he checks Amy's Marais apartment, where a neighbor tells him to check the Club Caterina in Pigalle. Instead of modeling, Amy's stripping, and she's left the country with Rubn Castaeda, of Estruch Entertainment Enterprises, who's promised her a better job in Spain. So Hugo heads south with his best friend, Tom Green, a freelance, free-drinking CIA agent who just can't help pissing off the cops. Green has a pied--terre in Barcelona the CIA will let them use, and pretty soon the two of them find Castaeda's body on the floor of his apartment. Tom does his best to annoy the local police by dragging his gun into the station, but Chief Inspector Bartoli Garcia, an old friend of Hugo's, gives the American the Spanish equivalent of carte blanche to run the investigation. Focusing on Castaeda's colleaguessmart Nisha Bhandari, aristocratic Leo Baresetti, and geeky Todd FinchHugo tries to connect the dots between Estruch and Los Matadors, a shadowy prison gang that may be responsible for the bull's head drawn in blood over Castaeda's body. But when a second corpse appears, he fears that time may be running out for Amy. Pryor lays it on thick: Hugo and Tom act out with frat-boy glee, the Rioja flows, and the Spanish authorities assign only English-speaking detectives for the convenience of their American chums. Strictly for those who think espionage is like Club Med without the beads. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.