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From the international-bestselling author comes a "taut, entertaining archaeological murder-mystery-meets-spy-thriller"(Kirkus Reviews).

When journalist Rivka Kleinberg is brutally murdered in a Jerusalem cathedral, it's a complicated case for detective Arieh Ben-Roi. Kleinberg had racked up a wide array of enemies exposing corruption in the halls of power—from international corporations and the Russian mob to the Israeli government.

Learning that Kleinberg was working on a story involving Egypt, Ben-Roi enlists the help of his old friend Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police. Together they discover something far more sinister than a single murder.

Kleinberg was chasing a mystery spanning centuries—a timeless search for an incredible treasure that has cost countless people their lives, and a modern-day conspiracy that now threatens to add Ben-Roi and Khalifa to the tally of the dead.

From a highly respected archaeologist and international-bestselling author comes "a well-researched tale combining an archaeological puzzler with contemporary Middle Eastern concerns" (Financial Times).

"An absolutely top-notch thriller." —Daily Mail

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When journalist Rivka Kleinberg is brutally murdered in a Jerusalem cathedral, it's a complicated case for detective Arieh Ben-Roi. Kleinberg had racked up a wide array of enemies exposing corruption in the halls of power—from international corporations and the Russian mob to the Israeli government.

Learning that Kleinberg was working on a story involving Egypt, Ben-Roi enlists the help of his old friend Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police. Together they discover something far more sinister than a single murder.

Kleinberg was chasing a mystery spanning centuries—a timeless search for an incredible treasure that has cost countless people their lives, and a modern-day conspiracy that now threatens to add Ben-Roi and Khalifa to the tally of the dead.

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When journalist Rivka Kleinberg is brutally murdered in a Jerusalem cathedral, it's a complicated case for detective Arieh Ben-Roi. Kleinberg had racked up a wide array of enemies exposing corruption in the halls of power—from international corporations and the Russian mob to the Israeli government.

Learning that Kleinberg was working on a story involving Egypt, Ben-Roi enlists the help of his old friend Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police. Together they discover something far more sinister than a single murder.

Kleinberg was chasing a mystery spanning centuries—a timeless search for an incredible treasure that has cost countless people their lives, and a modern-day conspiracy that now threatens to add Ben-Roi and Khalifa to the tally of the dead.

From a highly respected archaeologist and international-bestselling author comes "a well-researched tale combining an archaeological puzzler with contemporary Middle Eastern concerns" (Financial Times).

"An absolutely top-notch thriller." —Daily Mail

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      • source: Bookreporter.com
      • content: “With his fourth and best novel to date, Sussman takes his place on the must-read lists of those who value plot and characterization. . . . There is redemption, nobility and friendship, and all the right stuff that makes us human beings."
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: “Taut, entertaining archaeological murder mystery-meets-spy thriller by genre-meister Sussman. . . . a trained archaeologist, [he] knows his stuff--and how to make a reader jump, too. . . . A mayhem-rich view of the world through the eyes of mummies and villains, and a lot of fun."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: “Threads and connections, a whole spider's web's worth' only twist . . . into even more byzantine intrigues embracing both Egypt's ancient archaeological treasures and modern-day religious clashes. Sussman dexterously weaves the many subplots into a taught skein, never losing sight of his characters' humanity and troubled lives."
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      • source: The Northern Echo
      • content: “Its 500-plus pages travel across borders between Egypt, Israel and America and across generations, bringing to life a cast of believable characters. But it is the central characters--an Egyptian policeman and his Israeli counterpart--that really pull the reader into the tale which takes on issues including cyber-crime, sex-trafficking and sectarian hatred."
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      • source: The Daily Mail
      • content: “This is the fourth, and, tragically, the last thriller from the bestselling author Paul Sussman . . . an absolutely top-notch thriller--captivating, intelligent and notably well-written, and with a depth of characterization which most thrillers don't even attempt. Like its three predecessors, this novel combines a modern detective story with Egyptian archaeology . . . in Sussman's hands that combination works impressively well. . . . Sussman's plotting is terrific, as is the confidence with which he allows its story with its richly detailed contexts and characters time to develop."
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      • source: The Mail on Sunday
      • content: “Sussman must have come wearily familiar with people describing him as the “thinking person's Dan Brown." Certainly, there are surface similarities. . . There are, however, key differences. Sussman was a far better writer. An elegant stylist, he drew a sharp pen-portrait and had an impressive grounding in archaeology . . . Sussman knew how to keep a complex plot bowling along while constantly ratcheting up the tension. He also writes unusually well about Egypt. . . . Top-drawer popular fiction and is sure to become an even bigger bestseller than Sussman's three other novels."
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      • source: NudgeMeNow.com
      • content: “Brilliant detective fiction set in the complex and dynamic world of post Arab-Spring Israel and Egypt with closely observed characterization and an exploration of the many different facets of family. . . . a fine final novel from the much missed Paul Sussman."
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      • source: Daily Telegraph
      • content: “A satisfying sense of being set in the real world, with sub-plots involving cyber crime, sex trafficking and terrorism. It's the sort of thing Dan Brown would write if he had a feel for people and places, and reminds us that crime fiction is one field where the Brits give the Americans a run for their money on the medal table."
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      • source: NwBookLovers.org
      • content: “The two detectives are real, and you feel for them as their fortunes rise and fall over and over again. . . .[One] scene was the most dramatic I have ever read. And I read a lot."
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      • source: The Guardian
      • content: “The third in the series of police procedurals-cum-architectural thrillers that began in 2002 with Lost Army of Cambyses--novels whose stylish writing and deep research showed how careful you should be not to judge a genre by its worst examples. The Labyrinth of Osiris reunites Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police and Jerusalem detective Arieh Ben-Roi . . . It's the three-dimensionality of the characters that makes the package work so well; what a shame there won't be another."
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      • source: Terry Jones
      • content: “If Paul's past books are anything to go on it's a must-read. He enters the world of the ancients with such ease and veracity."
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      • source: Steve Berry, author of The Charlemagne Pursuit on The Hidden Oasis
      • content: “[Sussman is] hands down one of the best writers of international suspense . . . excitement melds with adventure . . . bone chilling thrills, a flair for the...
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        September 17, 2012
        A grisly murder in Jerusalem lights the fuse of Sussman’s powder-keg third thriller featuring Egyptian police detective Yusuf Ezz el-Din Khalifa (after 2005’s The Last Secret of the Temple), who’s reunited with his friend and Jerusalem counterpart, Arieh Ben-Roi. When investigative journalist Rivka Kleinberg is found garroted in an Armenian cathedral in Jerusalem, Ben-Roi follows up on the leads of Kleinberg’s last story to find disparate clues involving a powerful American mining corporation, an anticapitalist vigilante group calling itself “The Nemesis Agenda,” and a mining engineer’s disappearance in Egypt more than 80 years earlier. These “threads and connections, a whole spider’s web’s worth,” only twist, however, into even more byzantine intrigues embracing both Egypt’s ancient archeological treasures and modern-day religious clashes. Sussman dexterously weaves the many subplots into a taut skein, never losing sight of his characters’ humanity and troubled lives. Readers who enjoyed his previous cross-cultural thrillers will find much here to like. Agent: Laura Susjin, the Susjin Agency.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
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        October 15, 2012
        Taut, entertaining archaeological murder mystery-meets-spy thriller by genre-meister Sussman (The Hidden Oasis, 2009, etc.). Unless you're a Minotaur, you're intrigued by labyrinths. Unless you're way high up in the Illuminati or the Trilateral Commission, you harbor an endless fascination with the question of who really rules the world. Just don't ask too many questions, or you'll wind up like Rivka Kleinberg, silenced for getting a little too close to the answer to what the pharaohs of old have to do with latter-day powerbrokers of international finance and petroleum. If you've got to have bad guys, the Russian Mafia do nicely. As for the good ones, there are Sussman's stalwarts, Jerusalem cop Arieh Ben-Roi and his Egyptian pal and counterpart, Yusuf Khalifa, an unlikely pair of heroes. Both deliver results, though, Khalifa on his side of the line, and Ben-Roi on his ("OK, maybe he didn't always play things by the book, was a bit too free with his fists and a bit too loose in his interpretation of what was strictly permissible in the name of law enforcement"). Yeah, but that's Chinatown--er, the souk, that is. Sussman's story is not without its longueurs, but it moves along well enough, and there's some good thrills-and-spills stuff along the way. Moreover, there are at least three big pluses to the story: First, while unlikely cop pairings are old hat (see Hans Hellmut Kirst's 1963 novel The Night of the Generals, for one), it's good to see a nonhackneyed collaboration between Arabs and Israelis. Second, while Sussman's setup leaves wide openings for all the cliches of the whodunit genre, he doesn't indulge. And Sussman, a trained archaeologist, knows his stuff--and how to make a reader jump, too. A mayhem-rich view of the world through the eyes of mummies and villains, and a lot of fun.

        COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        June 1, 2012

        With Sussman's The Last Secret of the Temple and The Lost Army of Cambyses having each sold over a million copies worldwide, you can bet that readers will be interested in this next work. Det. Arieh Ben-Roi is stumped by the murder of crusading Israeli journalist Rivka Kleinberg, found dead in a Jerusalem cathedral (of all places), so for help he turns to longtime buddy Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police. Fun!

        Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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