From international best-selling author Paul Sussman, an ambitious, sweeping thriller that deftly spans the millennium and freshly examines the Middle East
Hailed as “the intelligent reader’s answer to The Da Vinci Code,
” Paul Sussman’s The Last Secret of the Temple
is an international best seller published in nearly thirty countries. It is the story of a thoughtful and gifted Egyptian detective who must partner with an Israeli policeman and the most unlikely ally, a Palestinian journalist, as all three work together to solve a ghastly murder and track down the world’s most precious treasure.
Set in present-day Egypt
, The Last Secret of the Temple
connects two distinct worlds. In Egypt
, detective Yusuf Khalifa must solve the murder of an Egyptian hotel owner. He joins hands with a hard-drinking Israeli cop, Arieh Ben-Roi, and the duo uncovers the dead man’s illicit past. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem
, Palestinian journalist Layla al-Madani receives a mysterious coded letter promising the biggest scoop of her career if she can decode a strange text. The characters’ pursuits of the elaborate mysteries leads to a collision of worlds that not only jeopardizes their own lives but threatens to unlock a secret that could destroy the fragile stability of the entire region.
At its core, Sussman’s novel is a relentless and fast-paced thriller that moves from Egypt
to the Sinai Desert
, spans the millennia, and involves Cathar heretics, Nazi prisoners, and modern-day suicide bombers. But on a deeper level, it is a novel that examines the participants on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict, imagining each character’s personal history, motivations, and emotions. And it is a novel that imaginatively postulates the reality of a unification of two peoples, the Jews and Muslims, in a cleverly and carefully concocted narrative that focuses on the recovery of a great treasure that had been safeguarded by the Jews for centuries and then stolen by the Nazis.
Fresh and compelling, The Last Secret of the Temple
is an intelligent, fast-paced literary thriller offering novel insight into an explosive part of the world.