The Labyrinth of Osiris

The Labyrinth of Osiris

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Since they last met, life has moved on for Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police and Jerusalem detective Arieh Ben-Roe. About to become a father for the first time, Ben-Roi finds himself investigating a gruesome murder in Jerusalem's Armenian Cathedral. The victim, a journalist named Rivka Kleinberg, had been researching an article into the Israeli sex-trafficking industry. When a link emerges between Kleinberg and an English engineer who disappeared from Luxor in 1931, Ben-Roi turns for help to his old friend and sparring partner Khalifa. Khalifa's life too has changed, although in his case not for the better. Preoccupied with personal tragedy and immersed in an investigation of his own - a series of mysterious well-poisonings in Egypt's Eastern desert - he agrees for old time's sake to do some digging for his Israeli colleague. In the process Ben-Roi might just be giving Khalifa his lust for life back. Inexorably the two investigations entwine, drawing Ben-Roi and Khalifa into a sinister web of violence, abuse, corporate malpractice and anti-capitalist terrorism. And at the heart of the web lies the Labyrinth - a three-thousand year-old ancient Egyptian mystery that has already taken Rivka Kleinberg's life - and hers will not be the last.
Publisher: London : Bantam, 2012.
ISBN: 9780593058473
059305847X
Characteristics: 552 p. : map. ; 24 cm.

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dgauvin
Sep 20, 2014

I was hoping for yet another book pairing these two, but... :-(

A good read.

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Memawrayne
Mar 22, 2014

Too bad there won't bee anymore books by this author since he passed away suddenly. His characters were so interesting and human.

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lmoras
Dec 10, 2013

The Labyrinth of Osiris --- by Paul Sussman. What a great book. It’s not set in thw distant past of Egyptian history; there is no excavation of ancient tombs; there are no mummies’ curses. No. Not at all. This is detective novel that sees two detectives, one in Luxor and one in Jerusalem who co-operate, for the most part over the phone and through e-mails to solve a series of seemingly unrelated cases. This novel isn’t so much an “action novel” of bad guys in pursuit of good guys. It isn’t so much the spine tingling of will he get away in time. It isn’t even the hair rising on the back of your neck because odf something evil that this way comes. Now mind you there is all of that. The real nub of this novel is in how it constantly you on, makes you think you’ve got the next part of the novel figured out, aned just then, there’s another quick slight odf the plot and what you thought you’d figured out just isn’t truwe at all. Lots of surprises. And the characters: they are teher in flesh and blood; in three dimensional reality. Engaging.

ChristchurchLib Dec 11, 2012

"Part murder mystery, part thriller, this novel concerns itself with religious clashes and ancient treasures. Set in Jerusalem, it follows Detective Arieh Ben-Roi as he investigates the death of a nosy journalist who has just been found garroted in an Armenian cathedral. With the help of his Egyptian friend Yusuf Khalifa, a Luxor police detective, he discovers connections to a mysterious disappearance in the 1930s, a powerful American mining corporation, and a supposed labyrinth of unfathomable treasures. "A mayhem-rich view of the world through the eyes of mummies and villains, and a lot of fun," says Kirkus Reviews." Thrillers and Suspense December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=577901

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