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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059305847X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593058473
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For as long as I can remember, the two great loves of my life have been writing and archaeology (three if you include travelling in out of the way places, especially deserts). For many years I worked as a field archaeologist in Egypt, notably in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, and all my novels to a greater or lesser extent draw on my experiences excavating and living in Egypt and the Middle East. My main protagonist, Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police, is a composite of a number of people I know, and while his colourful adventures are products purely of my imagination, the world he inhabits is very much a real one. Through Khalifa I try to explore issues such as terrorism, contemporary Middle East politics, religion and government corruption, all against a backdrop of the extraordinary history and archaeological heritage of that part of the world. To find out a bit more about me and my novels, check out my website: www.paul-sussman.com.

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"Sussman knew how to keep a complex plot bowling along while constantly ratcheting up the tension...this is top-drawer popular fiction and is sure to become an even bigger bestseller than his three other novels." (John Preston MAIL ON SUNDAY)

"An absolutely top-notch thriller - captivating, intelligent and notably well-written, with a depth of characterisation most thrillers don't usually even attempt... his plotting is terrific, as is the confidence with which he allows his story, with its richly detailed contexts and characters, time to develop...Sussman's thrillers have been translated into 33 languages and have sold over 2 million copies worldwide. This, his final book, deserves to be even more successful." (Harry Ritchie DAILY MAIL)

"Stylish writing and deep research." (GUARDIAN)

"This is a genuinely exciting read from a world-class storyteller. Sussman pulls together the strands of a complex, well researched tale with ease, combining his archaeological puzzler with contemporary Middle Eastern concerns. It's a beautifully observed thriller that's sadly also the author's last." (Christopher Fowler FINANCIAL TIMES)

"Reminds us that crime fiction is one field where the Brits give the Americans a run for their money on the medal table." (Jake Kerridge DAILY TELEGRAPH)

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Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police and hard-nosed Jerusalem detective Arieh Ben-Roi, protagonists of Sussman's international bestseller, The Last Secret of the Temple are re-united in his explosive new thriller that combines gritty police procedural and tantalising archaeological mystery...

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. M. Lyster on 19 July 2012
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I've read all his books, and they are all brilliant - but this is the best one yet.
It is a proper page-turner. Lots of different plot lines weaved superbly together into the perfect summer holiday read -a murder in Jerusalem's Armenian quarter, police, poisoned wells, reclusive investigative journalist, trafficked prostitutes and the Russian mafia.
Knocks the socks off the last book that I read - Fifty Shades of Grey....
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. Vieira Costa on 25 July 2012
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This is a completely brilliant book. All his books are great but this one takes it up a level. For those who haven't read him before, start with Lost Army of Cambyses, follow it with The Last Secret of the Temple and save this one till last. But if you have already read the others buy this immediately - it won't disappoint, you won't want it to end but you won't be able to put it down. The story is incredibly moving, the characters so well drawn that you live and breath with them. You will definitely end up raving about it to everyone you know.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Clara Von Kluk Kluk on 20 Jan 2013
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This is the third book in a series of thrillers involving Egyptian detective Yusuf Khalifa. Sadly, this is also the final book written by fantastic author, Paul Sussman, who tragically passed away mid 2012. I had only just discovered the works of Mr Sussman and after reading "The Lost Army of Cambyses", "The Last Secret of the Temple" and finally "The Labyrinth of Osiris", I can honestly say that his passing is been a tragic loss to the literary world.

This series of books just got better with each instalment. TLOO, as with the others, is jam packed full of interesting, believable characters who draw you in so cleverly that you almost feel you know the person. In addition, right from the very first pages, the scene is set, different events taking place at different periods in history and all the while you know that these seemingly unconnected events are intertwined somehow. As you go through the book you become detective yourself, piecing together the numerous clues and bits of info - working out the most likely scenario. But as is the genius of Paul Sussman, don't for one minute think you will have it cracked. You can rest assured that just when you think you have the whole thing worked out something will happen that will turn your thoughts upside down.

Now I have finished this book I don't know where to go for an equally thrilling read. I love this genre, especially with the Egyptian setting. I have read all the Scott Mariani books plus ones by John Lyman, Simon Toyne and Alex Connor. If anyone can suggest another cracking read in a similar vein! I would be very grateful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. B. Pitbladdo VINE VOICE on 3 Feb 2013
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This is a truly excellent story. Because I thoroughly enjoyed Paul Sussman's previous stories I automatically bought this when it was first published. I've put off reading it until now because I liked having a sure treat to look forward to and also I knew, due to the sad and untimely death of the author, that there would be no further adventures featuring the excellent detective Khalifa.
The writing is, as always, first class and the characters so well developed that you feel their pain. The plot is complex and fast paced with few, if any, dull moments. In short, it is one of those books you can't wait to get back to when you are forced to put it down...highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Young on 3 Jan 2014
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There are various ways by which one can hear that an author that you like has died. Sometimes, you read a short article about his or her passing in the paper on the way to work. Sometimes there will be something on the Today programme. In one case I have received notification of a favourite writer's death by email because I subscribe to a website devoted to his works.

In the case of Paul Sussman, however, notification was received by way of picking up a copy of his fourth and (as it turns out) last novel, The Labyrinth of Osiris, in a charity shop and noting from the author blurb that he died in 2012. He was 46.

I only came across Paul Sussman by chance a few years ago after working my way through a thriller by another writer that, although OK in itself, appeared to have been written with a view to cashing in on the success of The Da Vinci Code (it concerned a secret about the early history of Christianity which was being concealed by the Vatican, who were in cahoots with the Mafia). At the end of the book was an advert - on the lines of `if you liked this, you might enjoy this' - for another author who shared the same publisher. Intrigued, I looked for it in my local library and thus did I find The Last Secret of the Temple by Paul Sussman.

It was a superb read - a refreshingly intelligent, complex and fast-paced thriller that combined a murder investigation, archaeology, the Nazis and the present-day conflict in the Middle East. There was not one protagonist but two, both of them more believable than Professor Langdon. Both were cops, one Egyptian (Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police) and the other Israeli (Jerusalem-based Arieh Ben-Roi), and they ended up being forced to work together to uncover a secret that could hold the key to peace in the Middle East.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Sep 2012
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There are some authors whose work I am unable to wait for patiently. The days stretch on and the publication seems as distant as ever until finally it's so close you hit refresh on Amazon repeatedly to check the status of your preorder. Paul Sussman is one of these writers.

It's difficult to know how to classify his novels - of which there have now been four. Ostensibly, they're thrillers and archaeological quests but that doesn't sum them up. The thriller aspect is almost incidental despite the books being as pageturnery as you could desire. Instead, in The Labyrinth of Osiris, Sussman presents us with a portrait of two great cities - Jerusalem and Luxor - that is so enriched with the sights, smells, sounds and prayers of these most charismatic and complex of places, that you know you are reading the words of a man, both journalist and archaeologist, who knows them inside out. Paul Sussman understands these cities; his characters, Arieh Ben-Roe a detective in Jerusalem and Yusuf Khalifa a policeman in Luxor, are utterly real. As an archaeologist myself, who lived for some time in Jerusalem and the deserts of Israel and frequently travelled to Egypt, The Labyrinth of Osiris brings it all flooding back.

The Labyrinth of Osiris was well worth the wait and, while I would recommend that you read the previous three books as well (The Lost Army Of Cambyses, The Last Secret Of The Temple and The Hidden Oasis), this one stands alone as Sussman's masterpiece.
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