The Reluctant Matador Review

The Reluctant Matador Review
Bart Denum asked for Hugo Marston’s help in locating his nineteen-year-old daughter. Amy Dreiss was an aspiring model who was missing after she left for Barcelona with a stranger she met at a strip club, and she hadn’t been heard from since.

Marston was the security chief at the United States Embassy in Paris, France, and asked his friend Tom Green to accompany him to Barcelona while following a lead. Hugo and Tom, a former CIA agent, find a body and hook up with Denum at the scene. Unfortunately, the police also show up and Hugo is once again on the hot seat.

While Denum is trying to prove his innocence as he hunts for his daughter, Hugo and Tom must adhere to the rules of the Barcelona police, specifically Chief Inspector Garcia, as much as they would rather do their own investigation.

Hampering the investigation is Tom’s penchant for acting out of place any number of times, irking both Hugo and Chief Inspector Garcia. Despite the challenges, Marston continues to search for Amy, while actively looking for the real killer, and trying to prove Bart’s innocence before anyone else gets hurt.

The Reluctant Matador, A Hugo Marston Novel, is the fifth in this series written by Mark Pryor. The author is an assistant district attorney in Austin, Texas and the author of a true crime book as well as the superb Hugo Marston stories.

Pryor has created a strong, upstanding hero, an investigator who uses his intellect and knowledge to track down criminals against beautiful backdrops around Europe, specifically Spain in this case.

The realistic characters and tight dialogue will bring enjoyment to readers as they search for clues along with the investigators. Plot twists and sudden turns keep the story moving forward.

The relationship and conversations between Hugo and Tom are a joy to experience, especially because they don’t always agree. The author keeps it real between the two long-time friends and collaborators and that adds to the reality of the story.

If you are interested in purchasing The Reluctant Matador (Hugo Martson), or any of Mark Pryor’s other books, they are available at

A special thank you goes to Seventh Street Books for providing a complimentary copy of The Reluctant Matador.

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