I found all the above in one thrilling package, The Bookseller that came to me via the New Books Section of the Main Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. I read it in two evenings four weeks ago.
I was curious about the author as I wondered why a brand new book published in 2012 would proclaim on its cover The First Hugo Marsten Novel. It reminded me of Spanish writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte who in his first 1996 terrific swashbuckler (in Spanish but available in an English translation) El Capitán Alatriste advised us in the interior book jacket sleeve that the next five to come were Limpieza de Sangre, El Sol de Breda, Misión en París, El Oro del Rey and La Venganza de Alquézar.
Misión en París and La Venganza de Alquézar never saw the light of day but in the end Pérez-Reverte has written seven in all in the series. I wonder if Mark Pryor has the same Dumas-like ambition. If he does I know that we readers will be amply rewarded.
I was curious about any author who would place a Texan in Paris. Having lived in Texas I know the man would stick out like a sore thumb leafing through old books on the banks of the Seine.
To my surprise Mark Pryor is from Hertfordshire. What made me more curious was to find out that the married and two-child author happened to live in Austin. I checked his website and it was there that I discovered that Pryor happens to be assistant district attorney to Travis County (the Austin area county)!
Pryor’s mother was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Since he has a twin citizenship that explains how the journalist (correspondent in Rumania during the fall of Nicolae Ceaușescu) can also be an assistant district attorney.
Before I snapped my pictures of Pryor, he asked me if he could return to his car to bring a hat and coat that Hugo Marsten might just wear.
I thought that was a grand idea. Pryor's next Hugo Marsten novel is due this May.