The Reluctant Matador

The Reluctant Matador

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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.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781633880023
Characteristics: 299 pages ; 21 cm.

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Sep 16, 2015

There's never justice in death,...

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Sep 16, 2015

There are few rules in love or marriage,...

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You can live long, or you can live well.

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Things aren't always what they seem.

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Jul 12, 2017

Not as good as his other books. It is a little slow and plodding; did not keep my interest as well as his other books. Garcia's brother, a police officer in Barcelona, does not have the same character development or interest that Garcia did. The same can be said for the missing girl's father, Denum, who is an old FBI friend of Hugo and Tom. Claudia shows up to help out but even her character is a little flat. Then there is a tough female cop working with Garcia who seems to parallel the transgendered cop in Paris. All in all, this is a rather disjointed book. Character development is poor. So disappointing as his other books were so good.

Better go back to Paris.

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maipenrai
Aug 23, 2016

FIFTH BOOK IN THE HUGO MARSTON SERIES. AVAILABLE ONLY IN HARDCOVER

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