The Labyrinth of Osiris

The Labyrinth of Osiris

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by Paul Sussman
     
 

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Detective Arieh-Ben Roi of the Jerusalem police is tasked with the investigation into the death of a well-known Israeli journalist, Rivka Kleinberg, who is found brutally murdered in a cathedral in Jerusalem. Known for her fearless exposés, Kleinberg had made many high-powered enemies, including international corporations, the Israeli government, and the

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Detective Arieh-Ben Roi of the Jerusalem police is tasked with the investigation into the death of a well-known Israeli journalist, Rivka Kleinberg, who is found brutally murdered in a cathedral in Jerusalem. Known for her fearless exposés, Kleinberg had made many high-powered enemies, including international corporations, the Israeli government, and the Russian Mafia. Looking for leads, Ben-Roi begins researching which stories Kleinberg was working on before she died, and finds a connection to Egypt which confuses him.

At a stumbling block, Ben-Roi phones up his old friend, Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police, and asks him if he will help him investigate the case. Khalifa is happy to help, and begins looking into another story that Kleinberg was researching just before her murder: the mysterious death of a British Egyptologist in the 1930s. This Egyptologist was said to have uncovered a giant labyrinth-like gold mine of incredible riches written about in the works of Herodotus. But what connection could this gold mine have with Kleinberg’s murder?

With a plot that moves from Israel to Egypt to Vancouver to Romania, The Labyrinth of Osiris is an intelligent, gripping novel from an internationally acclaimed master of thriller writing.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (Nov.)
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Praise for The Labyrinth of Osiris:

“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.”—Bookreporter.com

“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.”—Kirkus Reviews

“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.”—Publishers Weekly

“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.”—The Northern Echo

“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.”—The Daily Mail

“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.”—The Mail on Sunday

“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.”—NudgeMeNow.com

“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.”—Daily Telegraph

“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.”—NwBookLovers.org

“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.”—The Guardian

“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.”—Terry Jones

Praise for Paul Sussman:

“[Sussman is] hands down one of the best writers of international suspense . . . excitement melds with adventure . . . bone chilling thrills, a flair for the macabre, and off-the-charts suspense. Superb.”—Steve Berry, author of The Charlemagne Pursuit on The Hidden Oasis

“Sussman has managed the impossible: a multilayered quest where all the characters are real and alive, and we should expect the completely unexpected.”—Katherine Neville, author of The Fire and The Eight on The Last Secret of the Temple

“[A] gripping mystery, intricately plotted and eloquently told . . . not just thrilling, it makes the tension and promise of the Middle East heartbreakingly alive”—William Dietrich, author of Napoleon’s Pyramids on The Last Secret of the Temple

“[A] thriller on par with the best literature out there.”—James Rollins, The New York Times best-selling author of Black Order and The Judas Strain on The Last Secret of the Temple

“[An] intelligent, compelling, beautifully written thriller. . . a rip-roaring gem of a read.”—Raymond Khoury, author of The Last Templar on The Hidden Oasis

Library Journal
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!
Kirkus Reviews
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 clichés 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802120410
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Sussman (1966-2012) was a journalist, author and field archaeologist, whose first novel, The Lost Army of Cambyses, was an international best seller that was translated into twenty-eight languages. His books have sold over two million copies worldwide.

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The Labyrinth of Osiris 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 20 reviews.
Battleblade More than 1 year ago
Excellent storyline, very enjoyable characters.
Cuchillo More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because my wife and I have read his other books and loved all of them. I am halfway through this book and I find it to be every bit as good and exciting as The Last Secret of the Temple, The Lost Army of Cambyses, and The Hidden Oasis. This mystery spans some 80 years, has actions in Egypt and Israel, a very complex interwoven plot line crafted to grab and hold your attention. The characters are very richly detailed, each is vivid in my mind. I was sorry to read that Paul Sussman passed away shortly after this was published, he has become one of my favorite authors. I recommend this for anyone interested in a very well written complex mystery with interwoven elements, numerous protagonists; especially if they have a love for ancient Egypt and elements of archeology. This is hard to put down and wonderful to pick up. Not a fast read by any means, but very rich and satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am half way through the book and have enjoyed every minute. It is written in a down to earth style. So far it has been written in a wholesome manner which to me is all important. I will read the rest of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic archeological Thriller!!!! By far Paul Sussmans best!!! If you like James Rollins, Will Adams, or Chris Kuzneski you'll love this book!!
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Too sad there never will be another. Godspeed Mr Sussman.
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nooboocoo More than 1 year ago
If you are intrigued by tales set in Egypt and love that history you can't go wrong. Great Mystery. I got the "The Last Secret of the Temple" as a free read and it hooked me. I think all his books are well written and are with a continuem of charachter that makes each book easy to jump into. Truly entertaining.
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I bought this book based upon Paul Sussman's other books & the blurb that you posted here. HOWEVER what I got was not what I wanted or ordered!) I got the one mentioned previously! Obviously your links are crossed! Please correct & either send me the book I paid for ,,, or credit my account
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried to read sample of this and found that when i tried to read it an entirely different book comes up a book called Little Caesar by Tommy Wieringa