Like other readers / reviewers I was eagerly looking forward to this 4th book in the Hugo Marsten series. Quite ingenious to write a prequel as it gave a good opportunity to have a break from the scenery (Paris) and cast of support characters that feature in the 1st three books.
The story is set in London where Hugo is posted to the US embassy to run its security and of course in his abundent spare time he investigates an ancient mystery. Assigned to guard / protect / babysit two Hollywood stars in London it doesn't take long for things to go pear-shaped and in a pretty spectacular way. The body-count rose quickly (I think it might have stopped at 6, but I cannot remember) and almost in an ofhand way. I didn't feel the nasty suspense that was a feature of other instalments.
For me the best features of the Paris trilogy was the excellent descriptions of small and large features that brought Paris to life. This was enhanced by the great support cast (e.g. Claudia) that helped make Hugo a more enjoyable and appealing lead. The description of London didn't excite me as much and the support cast were a bit flat - I guess Merlyn was written to be interesting and provocative, but I much prefer Claudia from Paris. Anyway each Hugo Marsten story is good and this one had its moments, but not my favourite of the series so far. It can't be easy to keep a series alive, so congratulations to the author Mark Pryor for all of the work and effort that has gone into The Button Man.
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Excellent StoryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2020
Another amazing book by Mark Pryor.
This series deserves all praiseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 October 2015
As good as ever.A real find
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 January 2015
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Button Man is okReviewed in Canada on 12 November 2014
The story kept me going -- son of Britain's last hangman murdering people to get the death penalty reinstated -- but I couldn't really relate to the author's writing style. The ending in Madame Tussaud's was the best part.
but enjoyed the story greatlyReviewed in Canada on 23 September 2014
Have never read this author, but enjoyed the story greatly. it moved very quickly and kept me reading longer than I should each time I picked it up. I will be looking for other of his titles now. excellent read.