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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407041247
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 720

The Last Secret Of The Temple

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.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407041247
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 720

About the Author

Paul Sussman

Journalist and novelist Paul Sussman read history at Cambridge, where he won a Joseph Larmor Award and was 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 novels – The Lost Army of Cambyses, The Last Secret of the Temple, The Hidden Oasis and The Labyrinth of Osiris – which have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold over three million copies. Paul’s journalism appeared across the media, including in the Big Issue, Independent, Guardian, Evening Standard and on CNN.com.
Paul died suddenly in May 2012, aged 45. He is survived by his wife, a television producer, and their two sons. In 2014, the posthumous publication of what was in fact his first novel - The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix - fulfilled a long-held wish.

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Praise for The Last Secret Of The Temple

“'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'”


“'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'”


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