The Last Secret of the Temple

The Last Secret of the Temple

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Joining forces with Israeli cop Arieh Ben-Roi, Egyptian detective Yusuf Khalifa investigates the discovery of a body at an isolated archaeological site, a death he connects with a murdered Israeli, which ultimately leads to an enigma dating back to 70 A.D.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2005.
ISBN: 9780871139726
0871139723
Characteristics: 555 p. ;,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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