The Labyrinth of Osiris [NOOK Book]

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A journalist is murdered in Jerusalem's Armenian Cathedral and Detective Arieh Ben-Roi is spoilt for leads. One, however, seems out of place - a link to a decades-old missing-persons case in Egypt. Baffled, he turns to Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police, for help.



Although struggling with personal tragedy and immersed in a case of his own - a series of mysterious well poisonings in the Eastern Desert - Khalifa agrees to do some ...

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Overview

A journalist is murdered in Jerusalem's Armenian Cathedral and Detective Arieh Ben-Roi is spoilt for leads. One, however, seems out of place - a link to a decades-old missing-persons case in Egypt. Baffled, he turns to Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police, for help.



Although struggling with personal tragedy and immersed in a case of his own - a series of mysterious well poisonings in the Eastern Desert - Khalifa agrees to do some digging. What he discovers will change both men's lives for ever.



As their investigations intertwine, the detectives are drawn ever deeper into a sinister web of violence, abuse, corporate malpractice and international terrorism. At its heart lies a three thousand-year-old mystery that has already taken two lives, and will soon be claiming more . . .

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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

“Sussman mixes a police procedural with an archaeological mystery…[a] superlative thriller.”—Recorded Books Blog

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802194008
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 80,814
  • File size: 912 KB

Meet the Author

Journalist and novelist Paul Sussman read history at Cambridge, where he was also a Boxing Blue. From an early age his abiding passion was archaeology and he worked in the field, in particular in Egypt where he was part of the first team to excavate new ground in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922. He brought this interest and enthusiasm to his first three novels - The Lost Army of Cambyses, The Last Secret of the Temple and The Hidden Oasis - which have now been translated into over 30 languages and have sold over two million copies, while Paul's journalism appeared across the media, including in the Big Issue, Independent, Guardian, Evening Standard and on CNN.com. He died suddenly in May 2012, having just finished work on this, his fourth novel. He was just 45. He is survived by his wife, a television producer, and their two young sons.
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  • Posted November 10, 2012

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    Excellent storyline, very enjoyable characters.

    Excellent storyline, very enjoyable characters.

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    I bought this book because my wife and I have read his other boo

    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.

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    Posted January 10, 2014

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    highly recommended

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Fantastic archeological Thriller!!!! By far Paul Sussmans best!

    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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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    Great Author

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Glitch

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    His last book

    Too sad there never will be another. Godspeed Mr Sussman.

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    Posted July 7, 2014

    America

    Nxt res.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    You goofed!

    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

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