Hugo Marson isn't your typical investigator. He's not an alcoholic. If he has an estranged wife, I'm not sure I remember her. Indeed, he's actually quite gentlemanly. Perhaps because his author is a Brit.
But don't let Hugo's politeness fool you. He gets into some nasty stuff. Did you know there's an entire underworld in Paris? By which I mean, a literal underworld? A world beneath the city? Because, there is.
The Crypt Thief is a fun, fast-paced romp through the seedier sides of Paris. Mark Pryor's characters are colorful and entertaining and his story is intriguing. Having now read The Crypt Thief, I look forward to going back and reading The Bookseller.