Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Search for a Missing Girl Takes Marston to Barcelona

Hugo Marston, security chief at the American Embassy in Paris, is supposed to meet Amy Dreiss, a girl he considers almost a daughter, for breakfast at his favorite American restaurant. When Amy doesn't show up, he's concerned. He becomes even more concerned when no one as seen her for several days, and it appears that she has gone to Barcelona with a man she hardly knows.

At the urging of Amy's father, Hugo and his CIA pal, Tom, head for Barcelona. Once there they become entangled in the murder of the man Amy went to Barcelona with. Now the hunt for Amy takes on a new dimension as they hope to find her alive.

For me, the Barcelona setting was the best part of the novel. I enjoyed the description of the small streets leading into open piazzas where parents enjoy the cafes while the children play.

Hugo is a likable character. He's dragged into the police investigation of the murder because of his FBI background, and he does a creditable job of dealing with a foreign police force. Tom is another story. His alcoholism and juvenile antics alienate the Barcelona police and seem designed to make him appear to be a totally unlikable character.

Marston and the Barcelona police follow up on clues and do a credible amount of police work. I like that. I don't enjoy books where coincidence piles on coincidence, and the police are not forced to do any investigating.

I recommend this book if you like a good mystery, just take Tom's antics with a grain of salt – Hugo does.

I reviewed this book for the Amazon Vine Program.