Die Around Sundown
by Pryor, Mark

In German-occupied Paris of 1940, Henri Lefort has five days to solve a murder of a solider in the Louvre and during his investigation he encounters Pablo Picasso among a group of artist who know more than they will divulge.

MARK PRYOR is a former newspaper reporter and felony prosecutor, originally from England but now living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the Hugo Marston mystery series, set in Paris, London, and Barcelona. Mark is also the author of the psychological thrillers, Hollow Man, and its sequel, Dominic. As a prosecutor, he appeared on CBS News's 48 Hours and Discovery Channel's Discovery ID: Cold Blood.

Pryor, author of the Hugo Marston mysteries (as well as two excellent novels about a psychopath named Dominic), launches a new series. This first installment, like the Marston novels, is set in Paris. But this is Paris in 1940, about a month after the German occupation of France. Detective Henri Lefort is not fond of the Germans, and when he's asked to investigate the murder of a German officer who was stabbed in the Louvre, he's not all that keen. Especially since Hitler is due to visit Paris in a week, and the SS wants the case solved by then . . . or else. As he digs into the officer's death, he realizes this is no ordinary murder. Pryor has constructed a compelling wartime mystery, and he's made 1940 Paris a vividly real place, much as Cara Black did in Three Hours in Paris (2020). The realism extends to the introduction of real people into the story, including Pablo Picasso and the psychoanalyst Marie Bonaparte, who plays a major supporting role. A fine addition to the ever-growing list of WWII thrillers. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

A French detective helps the Nazis find a killer. Even under the heel of the German occupiers, there's plenty of crime in Paris, as Princess Marie Bonaparte, great-grandniece of the emperor himself, learns when she finds her fashionable home ransacked and her servants dead. Police detective Henri Lefort impresses her with his quick wit, which saves her from immediate danger. But much as Henri wants to stay and solve the case for the princess, Roger Langeron, chief of all the police in Paris, has other priorities. Sturmbannführer Jung has asked Lefort and no one else to investigate the death of Hauptman Walter Fischer, the German officer charged with cataloging the Louvre's vast treasures and reassigning them to new homes in Axis-friendly countries. Jung gives Lefort a list of suspects and one week to crack the case, promising that he'll repay failure with unspecified penalties Lefort can only imagine. From this edgy premise, Pryor spins a tale increasingly complex. Nicola, Lefort's assistant, finds a Picasso drawing hidden in the dead man's clothing. Marie Bonaparte, a trained psychoanalyst, bribes Lefort to engage in sessions with her in order to probe his pathological aversion to noise. A reporter shadows Lefort, revealing unexpected news. Suspects produce alibis provided by Picasso himself. The identity of Fischer's murderer is perhaps the least surprising of the many twists and turns this tale of love, hate, and misophonia has on offer. Wheels within wheels power this homage to battles waged without and within. Copyright Kirkus 2022 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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