The Last Secret Of The Temple

The Last Secret Of The Temple

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Jerusalem, 70 AD. As the legions of Rome besiege the Holy Temple, a boy is given a secret that he must guard with his life...Southern Germany, December 1944 . Six emaciated prisoners drag a mysterious crate deep into a disused mine. They too give their lives to keep the secret safe: murdered by their Nazi guards... Egypt, Valley of the Kings, the present day. A body is found amongst some ruins. It appears to be an open-and-shut case for Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police. But what begins as a routine investigation rapidly turns out to be the most trying case of his career. Forced into an uneasy alliance with Arieh Ben-Roi, a hard-drinking Jerusalem detective, and Layla al-Madani, a daring Palestinian journalist, Khalifa enters a murky, murderous world of greed, duplicity, intrigue and revenge as he goes in search of an extraordinary long-lost artifact that could, in the wrong hands, turn the Middle East into a blood bath. Traveling from ancient Jerusalem to contemporary Egypt, and involving Cathar heretics, coded medieval manuscripts, and hidden Nazi treasures, The Last Secret of the Temple is an absorbing thriller set against the tumultuous politics of the present-day Middle East.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2005
ISBN: 9780871139726
0871139723
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 555 pages ;,24 cm

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Jan 21, 2014

The Last Secret of the Temple --- by Paul Sussman. The first Sussman novel I read, The Labyrinth of Osiris, was enough to make me go on and find what else Sussman had written. Next I found The Secret of the Temple. This is a book you don’t so much read as devour. The protagonists one meets in Labyrinth are here again: Yusuf Khalifa the Egyptian cop from Luxor and Arieh Ben-Roi, the sodden Israel cop. Initially antagonistic, by the time they solve their case(s) they have become, improbably, the best of friends. Ingredients: a bunch of murders; a pre-requisite dash of Nazis; stash of WW II loot; Zionist extremists; a double-crossing Palestinian journalist; suicide bombers and, the lost Menorah of the Israelites. Read like nobodies’’ business. Don’t stop till all gone. L’cheim.

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