From Publishers Weekly
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-When American archaeologists are murdered in the Judean desert, Chief Inspector Danielle Barnea of Israel's National Police calls in Detective Ben Kamal of the Palestinian police to help with the investigation. Besides being aligned as coworkers, they are also lovers and Barnea has only recently discovered she is pregnant with his child. They set out on a whirlwind investigation that quickly intensifies as they repeatedly foil attempts to kill them. The investigation reveals two probable causes behind the murders: one dealing with an ancient manuscript and the other with an amazing geological find. Land presents an intriguing beginning to his plot, using the strife between two ancient ethnic groups to build tension. While the apparent reason behind the killings appears to be solved halfway through the book, the true reason doesn't become clear until the very end. The author's attempts at intensifying the threats on the protagonists' lives may sound like scenes from a contemporary James Bond movie, but they keep things moving rapidly, even if they push the bounds of believability a bit. Characters are quick sketches, with their personality and personal histories pieced together from snippets of information revealed throughout the story. The plot wanes toward the end, but there's lots of fast-paced action.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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