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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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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      • content: "The Hugo Marston series now belongs on every espionage fan's watch list."
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        An old sea chest full of hidden compartments contains explosive secrets from 1795 in this third Hugo Marston mystery. Marston, head of security at the American embassy in Paris, spots the chest at a country estate where he's babysitting isolationist U.S. Senator Charles Lake, a presidential hopeful, who's on a diplomatic mission. By the time the chest is linked to an unsolved burglary and murder, there have been more killings, one of them of a police officer, and Marston is working with French authorities and his friend and former FBI colleague Tom Green, who uses his CIA contacts when legitimate means are lacking. Pryor seems to have hit his stride in this series, as he adroitly juxtaposes the light banter between Marston and Green with some scenes of intense emotion, particularly those detailing Marston's heartfelt reaction to the death of a friend and those exploring a transsexual police officer's background. And, all the while, the suspense ramps up. Top-notch mystery in a skillfully delineated Parisian setting.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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