Much has changed since Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police and hard-nosed Jerusalem detective Arieh Ben-Roi last met. Ben-Roi is about to become a father, and Khalifa is struggling with personal tragedies. But as they each work on their own - seemingly isolated - cases, the two investigations begin to entwine. They soon find themselves drawn into a sinister web of violence, abuse, corporate malpractice and anti-capitalist terrorism. And at the heart of the web lies the Labyrinth...
©2012 Paul Sussman (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
I keep finding great authors who have died. Paul Sussman is recently deceased, and now I discover him - same thing happened with Stieg Larssen, whose 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' hooked me. I'll read all of Sussman's books, and mourn when I've read the last of them.
There's lots of detail of an historical nature, which I find enjoyable. The characters are compelling.
Having read or listened to all of author Paul Sussman's previous books I was really looking forward to this one and it certainly did not disappoint.
An intriguing fast paced story with many twists and turns - a thoroughly good listen and I highly recommend it!
"Brilliant but flawed"
I have always been in two minds about Paul Sussman. He has the ability to grip from the beginning; his canvas spreads across the Middle East both ancient and modern and his knowledge of the area, it's customs, people and history oozes from the story. He tells epic tales in a way that, in the main, urges the reader/listener unrelentingly to the end. I absolutely adore his characters, especially Inspector Khalifa. On the other hand his novels can be too real for the reader/listener who is after some simple escapism. He deals unrelentingly and, to my mind, with too much detail with topics such as, children's deaths, prostitution and rape. The level of swearing by the main characters might put some off. There are areas where he lets himself down by lazy writing. There is too much reliance on coincidence and his protagonists consistently put themselves in positions of peril through sheer bloodymindedness. Having said the above I have read all of his novels and would have continued to do so but for his early death - the brilliance outshines the flaws. The narration of this talking book is excellent. Gordon Griffiths copes extremely well with dialogue with different accents without letting any of them slip.
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