December 28, 2012 
No. 1 

 Welcome to the first issue, featuring an exclusive

Q&A with author Mark Pryor

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   Thank you for subscribing to the e-newsletter of Seventh Street Books™, the new crime fiction imprint of Prometheus Books! Our first issue fittingly features an interview with Mark Pryor, the author of our first mystery, The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston NovelIt also offers a look ahead to what 2013 brings and includes a special subscriber deal on a compelling thriller.

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bookseller included  The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel in a round-up of "unputdownable" mysteries. With appeal to fans of Lee Child, Harlan Coben, and Cara Black, it begins when Hugo Marston
--head of security for the US Embassy in Paris--witnesses his friend Max, a bookstall owner (bouquiniste), being abducted at gunpoint. Hugo and his friend Tom, a retired CIA agent, investigate in this classic mystery with action, humor, intrigue, well-drawn, likeable characters, and a wonderful sense of place.

     The Bookseller is the debut novel from Mark Pryor, an assistant district attorney.  Pryor is a Brit who has long lived in Texas, while his wonderful protagonist is a Texan who happily lives in Paris. 'Zine of the Crime asked Pryor a few questions:



'Zine: Why Paris?


Mark Pryor: For many reasons, some sentimental and some practical.  It's my favorite city in the world, a beautiful and easy city to walk around, which makes research fun.  In fact, the original idea for The Bookseller jumped out at me while I was on vacation there, and since I don't know of any other cities that have bouquinistes, I didn't even consider setting the book elsewhere.  I'm also hoping the series continues beyond the first three, and for each book I'd like to take a part of the city, geographically or historically, and explore it. For example, the second Hugo story features a couple of Paris's great cemeteries. Paris has such a rich history that it's easy for me to dip into it for stories.

When all's said and done, though, I suppose it's mostly because I love Paris.  Now I have a built-in excuse to go there as often as I can!   


'Zine: Have you ever made a purchase from a Parisian bouquiniste? What was it?


Pryor: Yes, but it wasn't a book!  I bought a couple of prints from a bouquiniste near Pont Neuf a few years ago.  I'm headed back to Paris for the New Year, and now I feel sort of obliged!


Mark Pryor

'Zine: How much of yourself is in Hugo Marston?


Pryor: Superficially, not too much.  He's taller, better looking, and is a native Texan. But that's not what you meant, is it? I modeled him on my father and several profilers I've met, so perhaps it's easier for me to say that I hope the good parts of my dad and Hugo are also part of me. I like, for example, that he's very open-minded and thoughtful.  He's perhaps not quite as extroverted as I am but he's definitely comfortable in social situations--he just doesn't seek them out. Maybe as the series develops my answer will change, it will be fun to find out.


'Zine: You're an assistant D.A . Have you always wanted to write a novel or did this one just . . .  happen?


Pryor: Always. I've been writing seriously for about ten years and this is actually the third novel I completed.  The others weren't good enough, I suspect, which is why they didn't see the light of day but writing fiction is very much a part of my life, and will continue to be.


'Zine: Have you a favorite character from The Bookseller? Who, and why?


Pryor: I would have to say it's Hugo. A lot of people like Tom best, and he's definitely the most fun to write, but there's a strength about Hugo I like. He's dependable (but not in a boring way, I hope) and has a twinkle in his eye that lets you know some adventure is just around the corner. I think he'd be a great guy to hang out with, either at home or on a ski trip.


'Zine: You're a Brit living in Texas. What about you or your life remains quintessentially British? What's as Texan as it comes?


Pryor: I still drink tea first thing in the morning and (on weekends) in the afternoon.  I watch English football whenever I can and I think I've hung onto my accent.  Oh, and I've introduced my son to toast with Marmite, he loves it!  Texan. . . well, I wear cowboy boots in court, but I think that's about it!


'Zine: Now that The Bookseller has been out for a little bit, with reviewers and readers sharing their reaction, have plans for future Hugo Marston novels developed or changed?


Pryor: Not really in response to reviews, but I'm thinking about moving him around Europe.  I think it would be fun for him to get involved in mysteries in places like Prague, Barcelona, or even somewhere like Istanbul. My editor has green-lighted that idea, so now it's up to me to find the right trouble spot!


'Zine: Thank you, Mark, for joining us and have a wonderful time on your New Year's trip to Paris!





RT Book Reviews says The Bookseller has "enough intrigue to satisfy every reader." Look for the next Hugo Marston novel--The Crypt Thief--in May 2013!










"If you cross Christie's And Then There Were None, Grisham's The Firm and Harris' The Silence of the Lambs, you might get something like Dante's Wood," says RT Book Reviews. Author Louise Penny calls it "a taut, compelling, very moving debut novel that invites us into a murder, and into the life of a wonderful main character."  That would be Mark Angelotti, a legally blind psychiatrist. For fans of Jonathan Kellerman, Linda Fairstein, and Michael Connelly, Dante's Wood is a mystery where nothing is as first meets the eye.




Publishers Weekly calls Fear of Beauty "an exceptionally well-written tale of love, loss, trust, and greed with appeal that reaches far beyond mystery fans." It's a thriller, a mystery, and also a novel that explores women's rights. Those who read Sue Miller, Jodi Picoult, and Chris Bohjalian should take a look. Award-winning author Sandra Parshall says this story is "rich with thought-provoking themes."








Author Robert Ward says "Hammett Unwritten  is a masterpiece of a mystery. It's got all the elements . . . tone, attitude, a great plot, and brilliant characters. But it's so much more than that. 

It's also a work of literary fiction that successfully uses the characters in The Maltese Falcon
to create a wholly original work. This is a daring feat, pulled off without a hitch. You'll truly be as amazed as I was."


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Happy New Year!


Jill Maxick

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