The Last Secret Of The Temple – Paul Sussman (2005) – A Running Man Review

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Paul Sussman was the author of five adventure genre novels before his untimely death of an aneurysm at the age of 46 in 2012. This was his second novel and the first of his that I have read. It is a high quality adventure novel which ranks amongst the best of them. It is given a slightly harder edge by having an Israeli/Palestinian theme. An Egyptian detective finds the body of an elderly man at an Egyptian tourist site. This death, on investigation appears to be natural courses but it reminds Khalifa of a case from fifteen years back. Alongside this is a Palestinian female journalist is sent a message with repercussions for the future of Israeli/Palestinian hostilities. There is also an object from Ancient times which falls into the hands of the Nazis. Sussman cleverly shortens the plot threads until one man is central and the race is on to find a priceless Jewish artefact. It avoids becoming formulaic even though it is staying faithful to its genre and there are a few good surprises along the way.   fourstars

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