The Labyrinth of Osiris : Yusuf Khalifa

  • by Paul Sussman
  • Narrated by Gordon Griffin
  • Series: Yusuf Khalifa
  • 24 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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...


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Great story .

only reason I didn't give it five stars was the language. I really don't like books and movies that can't tell a story without using foul language. makes me not want to finish it. didn't grow up with that language, and our family doesn't use it.
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- Donna Burcham

TOO Long - Gets Boring

I have read all of Sussman's books and without doubt this is his worst. It is way too long and the author drags its out with character’s soliloquies about what is happening and wondering what to do next.

We meet our old friend Khalifa and Ben-Roi, the heroes of two previous novels. In this volume both characters are caught up in personal problems over which they meditate for what seems a long time. Thus the story advances at a snail’s pace. A great part of the plot is concerned with actually finding the Labyrinth of Osiris and the clues which point to it.

There are many sub plots in this book, which are rather uninteresting. One of the subplots deals with bringing Romanian girls to Egypt to be prostitutes. Those who are bringing in the prostitutes actually work for a major American company whose current business is disposing of toxic waste, which they are dumping into the Labyrinth of Osiris hidden away in the Egyptian Desert. This waste is causing the poisoning of local wells which is why Khalifa is involved.

Ben Roi gets involved due to the murder of a journalist. As he explores the journalists writing and life trying to figure out who killed her, he discovers the prostitution ring.
As you might expect the story overlaps at this point and both detectives once again are working together from different ends but on the same story.

While these two subplots are what set the stage for a search for the Labyrinth itself, nevertheless they take up way too much time due to the personal problems each character is experiencing. The characters spend too much time worrying about their personal problems as they investigate the subplots and this bogs the book down.

This should not have been so long – but the author spends a lot of time with each man’s thoughts and worries about his personal problems, which intersect slightly with the main plot. But these personal meditations take up way too much time. In the past Sussman’s books moved along and were exciting – but this one simply drags along and I found it hard to finish.

The narrator is excellent and gives each character a unique voice. It is only the narration which saved the book and stopped me from rating it a ONE.

The best book that Sussman ever wrote is The Lost Army of Cambyses. This was his first book and it was his best. Not too long but excitement on every page and it focused on the modern problem of terrorism. It does not have the two detectives which were to become features of his later books.

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- Judith A. Weller "jw1917"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks