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The labyrinth of Osiris / Paul Sussman.

By: Sussman, Paul.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Sussman, Paul. Yusuf Khalifa: bk. 3.; Yusuf Khalifa: 03.; Sussman, Paul, Yusuf Khalifa: 3.; Sussman, Paul. Yusuf Khalifa: 3.; Sussman, Paul, Yusuf Khalifa: 03.; Yusuf Khalifa: 4.; Yusuf Khalifa: 3.; A Yusuf Khalifa mystery: 3.Publisher: London : Bantam Press, c2012Description: 552 pages : maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780593058473 (pbk.).Subject(s): Colecção Suspense -- Fiction | Missing persons -- Fiction | Terrorism -- Fiction | Khalifa, Yusuf (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Khalifa, Yusuf (Fictitious character) Fiction | Murder Investigation Jerusalem Fiction | Detective and mystery stories | Murder -- Investigation -- Israel -- Jerusalem -- Fiction | Egypt -- FictionGenre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction) | Detective and mystery fiction.DDC classification: [Fic]
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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.
Summary: 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.
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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, had been researching an article into the Israeli sex-trafficking industry.

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.

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.

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Publishers Weekly Review

A grisly murder in Jerusalem lights the fuse of Sussman's powder-keg third thriller featuring Egyptian police detective Yusuf Ezz el-Din Khalifa (after 2005's The Last Secret of the Temple), who's reunited with his friend and Jerusalem counterpart, Arieh Ben-Roi. When investigative journalist Rivka Kleinberg is found garroted in an Armenian cathedral in Jerusalem, Ben-Roi follows up on the leads of Kleinberg's last story to find disparate clues involving a powerful American mining corporation, an anticapitalist vigilante group calling itself "The Nemesis Agenda," and a mining engineer's disappearance in Egypt more than 80 years earlier. These "threads and connections, a whole spider's web's worth," only twist, however, into even more byzantine intrigues embracing both Egypt's ancient archeological treasures and modern-day religious clashes. Sussman dexterously weaves the many subplots into a taut skein, never losing sight of his characters' humanity and troubled lives. Readers who enjoyed his previous cross-cultural thrillers will find much here to like. Agent: Laura Susjin, the Susjin Agency. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

The late Sussman's fourth novel utilizes his knowledge of archaeology and journalism. Detective Arieh Ben-Roi works for the Jerusalem police department, and he cannot keep his job away from his private life. His ex-wife is pregnant with his child, and every time she needs him, he's away on a case. A journalist named Rivka Kleinberg is strangled in a cathedral, and what initially appears to be a random killing turns out to be related to an article the victim was researching. Ben-Roi teams up with his friend, Egyptian policeman Yusuf Khalifa. Toss in computer hacking and the Russian Mafia, and the end result should be a gripping page-turner. Instead, the slow and overlong narrative never really kicks into high gear until the final 75 pages or so. At more than 550 pages, this is a problem. Readers of other Jerusalem-set crime novels, including those by Batya Gur, might be curious but probably will skip to the end.--Ayers, Jeff Copyright 2010 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

Taut, entertaining archaeological murder mysterymeets-spy thriller by genre-meister Sussman (The Hidden Oasis, 2009, etc.). Unless you're a Minotaur, you're intrigued by labyrinths. Unless you're way high up in the Illuminati or the Trilateral Commission, you harbor an endless fascination with the question of who really rules the world. Just don't ask too many questions, or you'll wind up like Rivka Kleinberg, silenced for getting a little too close to the answer to what the pharaohs of old have to do with latter-day powerbrokers of international finance and petroleum. If you've got to have bad guys, the Russian Mafia do nicely. As for the good ones, there are Sussman's stalwarts, Jerusalem cop Arieh Ben-Roi and his Egyptian pal and counterpart, Yusuf Khalifa, an unlikely pair of heroes. Both deliver results, though, Khalifa on his side of the line, and Ben-Roi on his ("OK, maybe he didn't always play things by the book, was a bit too free with his fists and a bit too loose in his interpretation of what was strictly permissible in the name of law enforcement"). Yeah, but that's Chinatown--er, the souk, that is. Sussman's story is not without its longueurs, but it moves along well enough, and there's some good thrills-and-spills stuff along the way. Moreover, there are at least three big pluses to the story: First, while unlikely cop pairings are old hat (see Hans Hellmut Kirst's 1963 novel The Night of the Generals, for one), it's good to see a nonhackneyed collaboration between Arabs and Israelis. Second, while Sussman's setup leaves wide openings for all the clichs of the whodunit genre, he doesn't indulge. And Sussman, a trained archaeologist, knows his stuff--and how to make a reader jump, too. A mayhem-rich view of the world through the eyes of mummies and villains, and a lot of fun.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.