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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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Always glad to hear what the public thinks of the craft.Published 2 months ago by Dan Heath de Butts
It's so sad to know that I have read the last of Paul Sussman's books featuring Khalifa and Ben-Roi. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Larissa Taylor
The book was hard to follow sometimes because there were several main characters who were looking for answers to the same puzzle. Read morePublished 4 months ago by susj
This is a very interesting novel mixing fiction and realty and myth. It has a variety of twists and turns. It is a very good read.Published 8 months ago by Linda J
This was not the worse book I've read but it was far from the best. Mr. Sussman's use of analogies is so overdone I actually felt that I should "like" start counting them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lois
Excellent book and story line. I have since purchased and I am reading a second book of his "The Labyrinth of Osiris". I would recommend reading his works.Published 10 months ago by barbara
Over the top action packed and just when you think you've got it figured out, you don't. Quite the page turner and one to keep you up late to finish!Published 10 months ago by Kathy Monroe
A very good story. Kind of a weak ending that was not believable. I enjoyed the bood!Published 10 months ago by Cleanwater