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Praise for hollow man:

“Pryor’s exquisite stand-alone is a gem that explores a man who will go to any lengths to fulfill his needs. On the surface, what seems like a crime novel ends as a carefully plotted thriller. 4 ½ stars FANTASTIC - KEEPER ”

“Austin's music scene provides the backdrop for a creepy psychological thriller… an audacious stand-alone that dares the reader to sympathize with a coldblooded killer whose lack of empathy allows his cunning to run free.”

“[D]evilishly clever and suspenseful … As the mishaps escalate for the conspirators, so does the suspense, culminating in a denouement worthy of the neo-noir film classic The Usual Suspects.

Praise for the hugo marston series:


THE book artist

“...the best one yet"

"The ingredients are all present: two lovely and talented women, a revenge-crazed criminal out for blood, a brutal murder, a power-hungry Parisian detective, and an assortment of possible culprits who would make Agatha Christie proud. Add to this the setting of Paris in winter, and the stage is set for action—and plenty of it."
-- NY Journal of Books

the sorbonne affair

“The flawlessly constructed whodunit sharply contrasts with the gritty flashbacks to Hugh’s past, a subplot that rewards series fans with a new layer of depth to the central characters.”
― Booklist

"Entertaining. . . . A fascinating cast, an intriguing subplot that delves into Hugo’s past, and a gorgeous Parisian setting add to the story’s appeal." 
― Publishers Weekly


“Hugo Marston returns in top form—and that is very good indeed. ​Pryor is one of the best new voices in crime fiction.”
 —DEBORAH CROMBIE, New York Times–bestselling author of To Dwell in Darkness

“Yet another superb entry in the Hugo Marston Mystery series – a heart-pounding page turner guaranteed to please fans and hook new readers into the adventures of the newest hero in mystery fiction. Highly recommended!”           

For others in the series:

"Enough intrigue to satisfy every reader. . . . A fantastic debut!"
-RT Book Reviews

"Once you've had a bit, you can't wait for more."

"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 and a storyline cloaked in World War II betrayals…the author winningly blends contemporary crime with historical topics."
-Library Journal Starred Review and Debut of the Month

“[A] well-crafted debut novel. Mark 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
 “This is enjoyable French investigation in which Paris as seen through Hugo’s eyes comes to life. Hugo is a solid hero though his inquiry may make him persona non grata and expelled from France. Although the violent abductions and homicides are somewhat muted, the storyline is fast-paced from start to Hugo and Tom confronting their adversary who expects their visit.”
-The Mystery Gazette

"Stylish, suspenseful, and smart, Mark Pryor's The Bookseller conveys the reader expertly through a puzzle of missing Nazi hunters and drug deals. Fans of Alan Furst will find much to love. As strong and welcome as a hot coffee on a chilly Paris morning. Bibliophiles, Francophiles, and mystery addicts rejoice! The debut of Hugo Marston is one you don't want to miss."
-Steven Sidor, author of Pitch Dark

“It had everything I enjoy and more. Paris, books, intrique, thrills, Paris, twisted villians, passionate romance (it IS Paris after all), sinfully delicious foods, fascinating people, a hard driving storyline…. [Pryor] has a gift for describing scenes so perfectly that he makes the readers' senses come alive.” 

 “A real page-turner. This is what thriller writers always aim to produce and so often fail to get right…. You can’t ask for better than this.”
-San Francisco Book Review

“This exciting and well-written novel is the first in a new series and I look forward to additional installments.... Congratulations, Mark Pryor. You've written a real gem!”
-Suspense Magazine


I'm Mark Pryor and I write crime fiction, the kinds of stories I grew up reading,

where the good guys hunt the bad guys and sometimes it's not clear who's who....

First let me mention my Hugo Marston series, which is set mostly in Paris, but also in London and Barcelona.Hugo is the head of security at the US Embassy in Paris, and a former FBI profiler, a rather old-fashioned kind of hero, I like to think.

As well as the Hugo series, I've written two novels set in Austin, Texas: HOLLOW MAN (September, 2015) and DOMINIC (January 2018). They are psychological thrillers. Publishers Weekly compared HM's ending with one of my favorite movies, THE USUAL SUSPECTS. I'll take that compliment!

In real life I am a prosecutor in Austin, Texas, a husband, a father, and a barely-above-average soccer player.

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  • The Hugo Marston series has been optioned for TV/ film by Ivan Schwarz at Like Entertainment, Inc.!

  • The new Hugo Marston novel, THE FRENCH WIDOW, is now available - easy purchase links: