Pushing the Dan Brown buttons - a new rip-roaring, edge-of-your-seat adventure thriller!
When the body of an aged hotel owner is discovered amidst the ruins of a rarely-visited archaeological site by the Nile, Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police expects it to be an open-and-shut case. But the more he finds out about the dead man, the uneasier he becomes. It reminds him of an earlier death - the brutal murder of an Israeli woman for which he always suspected they'd convicted the wrong man. What begins as a routine investigation rapidly turns out to be anything but...
Forced into an uneasy alliance with a hard-drinking Jerusalem detective and a campaigning Palestinian journalist, Khalifa enters a murky, murderous world of greed, duplicity, intrigue and revenge as he goes in search of an elusive 2000 year-old mystery with the power, if it fell into the wrong hands, to plunge the Middle East into all-out war...
Spanning the millennia – from ancient Jerusalem and the Crusades to the Holocaust and the modern-day no-man's landof the Gaza strip, from Cathar heretics to coded medieval manuscripts and long-lost Nazi treasure - THE LAST SECRET OF THE TEMPLE is a thrilling, rollercoaster adventure.
“'The intelligent reader's answer to The Da Vinci Code: a big, fat satisfying archaeological puzzle'”
“Not just a tightly-plotted, richly-observed, thought-provoking thriller, but one with a soul...The compelling mix of tough, page-turning suspense, archaeology, history and characters caught up in the brutal politics of the Middle East, make this a timely and authentic novel. Paul Sussman builds his story with the meticulous strokes of a craftsman...His storytelling comfortably blends historical mystery with unflinching contemporary suspense, all of it told through utterly convincing depictions of setting and character. Inspectors Khalifa and Ben-Roi are heroes of our age: conflicted, harassed, noble and, most crucially, very human. I hope we see more of them very soon.”
RAYMOND KHOURY, bestselling author of The Last Templar
“Another sure fire winner from a gifted storyteller.”
STEVE BERRY, bestselling author of The Templar Legacy
“Sussman's brilliant novel...shines a light into a bloody part of the world, where it is hard to tell enemy from friend, and where ancient debts of pain and murder echo to the present. Here is a thriller on a par with the best literature out there. Challenging, shocking, evocative...it should be required reading during these harsh times”
JAMES ROLLINS, bestselling author of The Judas Strain
“'Ambitious, large-scale adventure...Sussman's fastidious research into the novel's setting grants everything a plausibility...his millennia spanning plot functions as a colourful backdrop'”
GOOD BOOK GUIDE
“'A rollicking, feel-good adventure set among the murky and convulsive politics of the present-day Middle East'”
“'An exciting page-turner...unusual and intriguing'”
WESTERN DAILY PRESS