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Mark Pryor is a British born criminal lawyer and author of mystery, thriller and historical mystery novels.

He is best known for writing the Hollow Man, Hugo Marston, Henri Lefort Mysteries, as well as the non-fiction title, As She Lay Sleeping (2013).

Born in Hertfordshire, England, Mark first worked as a newspaper reporter in Colchester, Essex. He covered the police and crime beat for nearly two years, and also wrote stories on foreign assignments in Northern Ireland and Romania.

Mark immigrated to the U.S in 1994, where he studied journalism at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, and law at Duke University–graduating with honors.

For the next sixteen years, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney with the Travis County DA's office.

Passionate about writing, Mark basically solves crimes by day and writes crime fiction by night.

Now a partner at Cofer & Connelly, one of the leading criminal defense firms in Austin, Mark lives with his wife and three children.

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Genres: Crime Suspense, Historical Mystery, Mystery, Thriller

Born: 1967

United Kingdom


Bullet Books Speed Reads

  1. The Hot Seat (Book 4) (2019)


  1. Lone Star Lawless (2017)

Henri Lefort Mysteries

  1. Die Around Sundown (2022)
  2. The Dark Edge of Night (2023)

Hollow Man

  1. Hollow Man (2015)
  2. Dominic (2018)

Hugo Marston

  1. The Bookseller (2012)
  2. The Crypt Thief (2013)
  3. The Blood Promise (2014)
  4. The Button Man (2014)
  5. The Reluctant Matador (2015)
  6. The Paris Librarian (2016)
  7. The Sorbonne Affair (2017)
  8. The Book Artist (2019)
  9. The French Widow (2020)


  1. As She Lay Sleeping: A Shadowy Figure, a Brutal Murder, an Anonymous Tip, Will Justice Prevail? — A True Story (2013)
Bullet Books Speed Reads

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Bullet Books Speed Reads

The Hot Seat (Book 4)

IT’S BEASTLY HOT IN THE WITNESS CHAIR! Law professor Oliver Kendall – British transplant to Duke University - is asked by former student Emma Russo to second chair the defense on a death penalty case. A vagrant stole the victim’s wallet, and thinks he found a large diamond. He’s charged with killing a newspaper reporter who was working a controversial story.

As other suspects emerge, Oliver and Emma must discern whether their client is guilty or innocent. Can the lawyers solve the mystery, or will their homeless client end up on death row? BULLET BOOKS ON A PLANE… ON A TRAIN…FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET!

NB: Co-authored with Manning Wolfe.

Here is the complete list of books in the series:

1. Killer Set: Drop the Mic by Manning Wolfe and Bill Rodgers

2. Iron 13 by Manning Wolfe by Billy Kring

3. Bloody Bead by Manning Wolfe by Helen Currie Foster

4. The Hot Seat by Manning Wolfe and Mark Pryor

5. Stabbed by Manning Wolfe and Kathy Waller

6. Man in the Client Chair by Manning Wolfe Jay Brandon

7. Only a Pawn in Their Game by Manning Wolfe and Kay Kendall

8. Dangerous Practice by Manning Wolfe and Suzanne Waltz

9. Two Bodies One Grave by Manning Wolfe and Scott Montgomery

10. Last Call by Manning Wolfe and Laura Oles

11. The Last Straw by Manning Wolfe and V.P. Chandler

12. The Neon Palm by Manning Wolfe and Elizabeth A. Garcia

13. Loser's Gumbo by Manning Wolfe and John T. Davis

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1944225223
Publisher: Starpath Books


Lone Star Lawless

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the crimes!

Join the award-winning Austin Mystery Writers and friends as they explore the dark side of the Lone Star State. These thirteen talented authors penned fourteen tales of cowboys and criminals, girlfriends and grifters, morticians, motel clerks, and even a big, bad wolf!

Lone Star Lawless includes stories by the Austin Mystery Writers: Gale Albright, V.P. Chandler, Kaye George, Laura Oles, and Kathy Waller. The friends who contributed are: Alexandra Burt, Janice Hamrick, Scott Montgomery, Mark Pryor, Terry Shames, Larry D. Sweazy, George Wier, and Manning Wolfe.

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1479429769
Publisher: Wildside Press

Henri Lefort Mysteries

Die Around Sundown

Summer 1940: In German-occupied Paris, Inspector Henri Lefort has been given just five days to solve the murder of a German major that took place in the Louvre Museum. Blocked from the crime scene but given a list of suspects, Henri encounters a group of artists, including Pablo Picasso, who know more than they're willing to share.

With the clock ticking, Henri must uncover a web of lies while overcoming impossible odds to save his own life and prove his loyalty to his country. Will he rise to the task or become another tragic story of a tragic time?

Five days. One murder. A masterpiece of a mystery.

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1250887740
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Dark Edge of Night

Winter 1940: With soldiers parading down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Nazi flags dangling from the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower defaced with German propaganda, Parisians have little to celebrate as Christmas approaches. Police Inspector Henri Lefort’s wishes for a quiet holiday season are dashed when the Gestapo orders him to investigate the disappearance of Dr. Viktor Brandt, a neurologist involved in a secret project at one of Paris’s hospitals.

Being forced onto a missing persons case for the enemy doesn’t deter Henri from conducting his real job. A Frenchman has been beaten to death in what appears to be a botched burglary, and catching a killer is more important than locating a wayward scientist. But when Henri learns that the victim’s brother is a doctor who worked at the same hospital as the missing German, his investigation takes a disturbing turn.

Uncovering a relationship between the two men—one that would not be tolerated by the Third Reich—Henri must tread carefully. And when he discovers that Dr. Brandt’s experimental work is connected to groups of children being taken from orphanages, Henri risks bringing the wrath of both the SS and the Gestapo upon himself and everyone he loves.

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2023
Ebook: B0B9KTR8N8
Publisher: Minotaur Books

Hollow Man

Hollow Man

Dominic is a prosecutor, a musician, and an Englishman living in Texas. He's also a psychopath. His main goal is to hide his condition and lead a seemingly normal life in hopes to pay off his debts and become a full-time musician in Austin's club scene. 

But on one lousy day his carefully-controlled world starts to shatter: he's demoted at work and accused of stealing a fellow musician's song. He also meets a beautiful woman in a lime green dress--perhaps the biggest threat to his safety of all. 

At her urging, Dominic hatches a plan to steal a van he knows will be filled with cash. He picks two friends as accomplices, insisting on no guns and no violence. But a security guard catches them in the act and simple theft turns into capital murder. 

Cracks start to show in the conspiracy and, with no allegiance to anyone but himself, Dominic has to decide whether to stick by his partners in crime, or let his true nature come out to play.

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1633880863
Publisher: Seventh Street Books

Only two other people know that Dominic, a charming Englishman, prosecutor, and musician in Austin, Texas, is also a psychopath. They also know that a year ago he got away with murder. 

One of those people is his "special lady," and the other is her brother, a teenager and fellow psychopath called Bobby. When a wily homicide detective starts digging up that past murder, little Bobby offers to take care of the problem--permanently. Dominic tries to dissuade him, but as he himself knows, psychopaths aren't good with following instructions. Or impulse control. 

As Detective Megan Ledsome circles closer, Dominic knows his life depends on keeping his secrets hidden, from her and the rest of the world. And when his annoying office-mate declares his interest in a judicial position, one he himself would like, Dominic realizes that one of his carefully-orchestrated plans could kill two birds with one stone. Of course, that means some sleight of hand and a sacrifice or two. But if there's one thing a psychopath doesn't mind, it's sacrificing other people.

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1633883659
Publisher: Seventh Street Books

Hugo Marston

The Bookseller

Who is killing the celebrated bouquinistes of Paris?

Max—an elderly Paris bookstall owner—is abducted at gunpoint. His friend, Hugo Marston, head of security at the US embassy, looks on helplessly, powerless to do anything to stop the kidnapper. Marston launches a search, enlisting the help of semiretired CIA agent Tom Green. Their investigation reveals that Max was a Holocaust survivor and later became a Nazi hunter. Is his disappearance somehow tied to his grim history, or even to the mysterious old books he sold? 

On the streets of Paris, tensions are rising as rival drug gangs engage in violent turf wars. Before long, other booksellers start to disappear, their bodies found floating in the Seine. Though the police are not interested in his opinion, Marston is convinced the hostilities have something to do with the murders of these bouquinistes. Then he himself becomes a target of the unknown assassins. With Tom by his side, Marston finally puts the pieces of the puzzle together, connecting the past with the present and leading the two men, quite literally, to the enemy's lair. Just as the killer intended.

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1616147082
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
The Crypt Thief

It’s summer in Paris and two tourists have been murdered in Père Lachaise cemetery in front of Jim Morrison’s grave. The cemetery is locked down and put under surveillance, but the killer returns, flitting in and out like a ghost, and breaks into the crypt of a long-dead Moulin Rouge dancer. 

In a bizarre twist, he disappears under the cover of night with part of her skeleton. One of the dead tourists is an American and the other is a woman linked to a suspected terrorist; so the US ambassador sends his best man and the embassy’s head of security—Hugo Marston—to help the French police with their investigation. 

When the thief breaks into another crypt at a different cemetery, stealing bones from a second famed dancer, Hugo is stumped. How does this killer operate unseen? And why is he stealing the bones of once-famous can-can girls? Hugo cracks the secrets of the graveyards but soon realizes that old bones aren’t all this killer wants. . . .

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1616147853
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
The Blood Promise

Hugo Marston must figure out what lies hidden inside an old sailor's chest before a 200-year-old blood promise is revealed and claims another life. In post-Revolution Paris, an old man signs a letter in blood, then hides it in a secret compartment in a sailor's chest. 

A messenger arrives to transport the chest and its hidden contents, but then the plague strikes and an untimely death changes history. Two hundred years later, Hugo Marston is safeguarding an unpredictable but popular senator who is in Paris negotiating a France/U.S. dispute. The talks, held at a country chateau, collapse when the senator accuses someone of breaking into his room. 

Theft becomes the least of Hugo's concerns when someone discovers a sailor's chest and the secrets hidden within, and decides that the power and money they promise are worth killing for. But when the darkness of history is unleashed, even the most ruthless and cunning are powerless to control it.

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1616148157
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
The Button Man

Former FBI profiler Hugo Marston has just become head of security at the US Embassy in London. He’s asked to protect a famous movie-star couple, Dayton Harper and Ginny Ferro, who, while filming a movie in rural England, killed a local man in a hit and run. The task turns from routine to disastrous almost immediately. Before Hugo even meets them, he finds out that Ferro has disappeared, and her body has been found hanging from an oak tree in a London cemetery. 

Hours later a distraught Harper gives Hugo the slip, and Hugo has no idea where he’s run off to. Taking cues from a secretive young lady named Merlyn, and with a Member of Parliament along for the chase, Hugo’s search leads to a quaint English village. There, instead of finding Harper, more bodies turn up. 

Teaming with local detectives and then venturing dangerously out on his own, Hugo struggles to find connections between the victims. Is this the work of a serial killer—or something else entirely? Knowing he’s being tailed, the killer prepares for the final, public act of his murderous plan, and Hugo arrives just in time to play his part. . . .

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1616149949
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
The Reluctant Matador

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.

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1633880023
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
The Paris Librarian

Hugo Marston’s friend Paul Rogers dies unexpectedly in a locked room at the American Library in Paris. The police conclude that Rogers died of natural causes, but Hugo is certain mischief is afoot. 

As he pokes around the library, Hugo discovers that rumors are swirling around some recently donated letters from American actress Isabelle Severin. The reason: they may indicate that the actress had aided the Resistance in frequent trips to France toward the end of World War II. 

Even more dramatic is the legend that the Severin collection also contains a dagger, one she used to kill an SS officer in 1944. Hugo delves deeper into the stacks at the American library and finally realizes that the history of this case isn’t what anyone suspected. But to prove he’s right, Hugo must return to the scene of a decades-old crime.

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1633881778
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
The Sorbonne Affair

Someone is spying on American author Helen Hancock. While in Paris to conduct research and teach a small class of writers, she discovers a spy camera hidden in her room at the Sorbonne Hotel. She notifies the US Embassy, and former FBI profiler Hugo Marston is dispatched to investigate. 

Almost immediately, the stakes are raised from surveillance to murder when the hotel employee who appears to be responsible for bugging Hancock’s suite is found dead. The next day, a salacious video clip explodes across the Internet, showing the author in the embrace of one of her writing students—both are naked, and nothing is left to the imagination. 

As more bodies pile up, the list of suspects narrows; but everyone at the Sorbonne Hotel has something to hide, and no one is being fully honest with Hugo. He teams up with Lieutenant Camille Lerens to solve the case, but a close call on the streets of Paris proves that he could be the killer’s next target.

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1633882614
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
The Book Artist

Hugo Marston, head of security for the U.S. Embassy in Paris, puts his life in danger when he investigates the murder of a celebrated artist, all the while fending off an assassin looking to settle an old score against him.

Hugo Marston accompanies his boss, US Ambassador J. Bradford Taylor, to the first night of an art exhibition in Montmartre, Paris. Hugo is less than happy about going until he finds out that the sculptures on display are made from his favorite medium: books. Soon after the champagne starts to flow and the canapes are served, the night takes a deadly turn when one of the guests is found murdered. 

Hugo lingers at the scene and offers his profiling expertise to help solve the crime, but the detective in charge quickly jumps to his own conclusions. He makes an arrest, but it's someone that Hugo is certain is innocent. 

Meanwhile, his best friend, Tom Green, has disappeared to Amsterdam, hunting an enemy from their past, an enemy who gets the upper hand on Tom, and who then sets his sights on Hugo. With an innocent person behind bars, a murder to solve, and his own life in danger, Hugo knows he has no time to waste as one killer tries to slip away, and another gets closer and closer.

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1633884885
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
The French Widow

A young American woman is attacked at a historic Paris chateau and four paintings are stolen the same night, drawing Hugo Marston into a case where everyone seems like a suspect. 

To solve this mystery Hugo must crack the secrets of the icy and arrogant Lambourd family, who seem more interested in protecting their good name than future victims. Just as Hugo thinks he’s close, some of the paintings mysteriously reappear, at the very same time that one of his suspects goes missing.

While under pressure to catch a killer, Hugo also has to face the consequences of an act some see as heroic, but others believe might have been staged for self-serving reasons. This puts Hugo under a media and police spotlight he doesn’t want, and helps the killer he’s hunting mark him as the next target….

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1645060239
Publisher: Seventh Street Books


As She Lay Sleeping: A Shadowy Figure, a Brutal Murder, an Anonymous Tip, Will Justice Prevail? — A True Story

Savagely attacked as she lay sleeping on the sofa, Natalie Antonetti's skull was shattered. Bizarrely, she was able to move about her apartment, changed clothes and tried to speak to her son. Her words never came. Two weeks later she was dead.

The only lead was a neighbor who claimed to have seen a shadowy figure wielding a child’s baseball bat an hour prior to the attack. Despite a wide search for leads and questioning some suspects, the police were unable to find anyone who matched the description and the case grew cold.

Then out of the blue, a woman contacted the police claiming her husband, Dennis Davis, shockingly revealed to her he had killed Natalie. With no DNA, no fingerprints, no eyewitness and two witnesses who refused to testify, former journalist and rookie prosecutor Mark Pryor committed to bring justice to Natalie's family. This, his first homicide case would require him to be a sleuth, investigator and prosecutor all with the deadline nipping at this heels. He vowed to do it.

Author: Mark Pryor
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0882824284
Publisher: New Horizon Press