From Publishers Weekly
A bestseller overseas, Sussman's follow-up to The Lost Army of the Cambyses
opens at Jerusalem's Holy Temple in the year 70, jumps to doomed WWII German prison camp inmates dragging a Nazi-purloined holy relic down an abandoned coal shaft and then fast-forwards to present-day Egypt. There, Det. Insp. Yusef Ezz el-Din Khalifa of the Luxor police investigates the murder of an old man whose body has been found at an archeological site in the Valley of the Kings. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, Palestinian journalist Layla al-Madani and Israeli police detective Arieh Ben-Roi have their own sad histories and complicated lives to deal with. Eventually, Sussman twines all the threads into one, and the three principals are hard on the trail of the mysterious artifact hidden by the prisoners. There are familiar Da Vinci Code
elements, but Sussman, an archeologist, puts in plenty of satisfying twists and turns, and grounds the story in the violence and intrigue of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Oct.)
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While Paul Sussman’s brilliant novel, The Last Secret of the Temple, will be compared to Dan Brown’s eight-hundred-pound gorilla, it is so much more. The mystery runs deeper, the history more accurate, the suspense drawn to a keener edge
.Here is a thriller on par with the best literature out there.” James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain
Not just a tightly plotted, richly observed, thought-provoking thriller, but one with a soul.” Raymond Khoury, author of The Last Templar
A brilliant detective novel
Paul Sussman has managed the impossible: a multi-layered quest where all the characters are real and alive, and we should expect the completely unexpected.” Katherine Neville, author of The Eight
Another surefire winner from a gifted storyteller.” Steve Berry, author of The Templar Legacy
The Last Secret of the Temple won’t disappoint
.Sussman succeeds on the strength of his intelligence, empathy, and sense of pace
is a fine creation.” Ross King, The Washington Post