With a father who sold ladies’ underwear for a living, and an actress-turned-psychoanalyst for a mother, Paul suspected that his life was never destined to follow a wholly conventional path. However, there have always been two constants in his life – writing, and archaeology.
Alongside the journalism, and occasionally overlapping with it, he had worked extensively as a field archaeologist, particularly in Egypt.
Paul dated the beginning of his obsession with Archaeology to a Monday morning in July 1972 when his Aunt Joan took him to see the Tutankhamun exhibition at the British Museum. where he was completely mesmerized by the treasures on display.
After that he carried out extensive excavations in the Family back garden in North London in the hope of discovering something similar (he didn’t), and became a dedicated Mudlark (people who go digging along the banks of the Thames).
In 1998 history came full circle when he was invited to work with the Amarna Royal Tombs Project – the first expedition to dig new ground in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of Tutankhamun (in 1922).
He spent four years exploring the central part of the Valley, and also re-excavating Tomb KV56 – the so called “Gold Tomb”.
Sadly, on 31st May 2012, Paul Sussman died suddenly from a ruptured aneurysm.
The Lost Army Of Cambyses (Yusuf Khalifa 1)
A mutilated corpse washes up on the banks of the Nile, an antiques dealer is murdered, and an eminent British Archaeologist is found dead at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara.
At first, the incidents appear unconnected. However, Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police is suspicious.
So is the archaeologist’s daughter, Tara Mullray. As they both seek to uncover the truth, they find themselves thrown together in a desperate race for survival.
From a mysterious fragment of an ancient hieroglyphic text to rumors of a fabulous lost tomb in the Theban Hills, from the shimmering waters of the Nile to the dusty backstreets of Cairo, Khalifa and Mullray are drawn deeper into a labyrinth of violence, intrigue, and betrayal.
It is a path that will eventually lead them into the forbidding, barren heart of the western desert, and to the answer to one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world.
The Last Secret Of The Temple (Yusuf Khalifa 2)
When the body of hotel owner Jan Weiss is discovered at Malqata, an archeological site on the west bank of the Nile, it looks like a routine investigation for Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police. But the more the detective finds out about Weiss, the more he is reminded of the brutal killing of an Israeli woman at Karnak years ago — a murder for which he has always suspected the wrong man had been convicted.
Despite opposition from his superiors and his own misgivings about working with the Israelis, Khalifa re-opens the case and teams up with hard-nosed Jerusalem detective Arieh Ben Roi.
At the same time journalist Eva Town receives an anonymous letter at her Jerusalem home. It requests her help in contacting “Al-Mulassam” (“The Veiled One”), a Palestinian extremist leader she has recently interviewed; in return it offers her the scoop of a lifetime.
Against a backdrop of escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians, Eva follows up the cryptic letter while Khalifa and Arieh slowly uncover the unpleasant truth about Jan Weiss.
Their investigations intertwine as they all get further in to the web of duplicity and intrigue that has at its center an ancient artifact of such potent symbolism that it could plunge the Middle East into an all-out war.
The Labyrinth of Osiris (Yusuf Khalifa 3)
Detective Arieh-Ben Roi of the Jerusalem police is tasked with the investigation into the death of a well-known Israeli journalist, Rivka Kleinberg, who is found brutally murdered in a cathedral in Jerusalem.
Known for her fearless exposés, Kleinberg had made many high-powered enemies, including international corporations, the Israeli government, and the Russian Mafia.
Looking for leads, Ben-Roi begins researching which stories Kleinberg was working on before she died, and finds a connection to Egypt which confuses him.
At a stumbling block, Ben-Roi phones up his old friend, Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police, and asks him if he will help him investigate the case.
Khalifa is happy to help, and begins looking into another story that Kleinberg was researching just before her murder: the mysterious death of a British Egyptologist in the 1930s. This Egyptologist was said to have uncovered a giant labyrinth-like gold mine of incredible riches written about in the works of Herodotus.
But what connection could this gold mine have with Kleinberg’s murder?
The Hidden Oasis
Opening in 2152 BC with eighty priests setting out under cover of darkness into Egypt’s Western Desert, dragging with them a sled on which rests a mysterious object swathed in cloth.
Four weeks later, having reached their destination, the priests calmly slit each other’s throats.
Four thousand years later in present-day Egypt, professional rock climber Freya Hannen arrives for the funeral of her sister, Alex, a Saharan explorer.
From the outset Freya is suspicious of claims that Alex had taken her own life, and sets out to uncover what really happened to her sibling.
In her quest for the truth Freya joins forces with Alex’s friend, English academic Flin Brodie, a world authority on the prehistory of the Sahara.
Flin is also searching for answers – he has devoted his career to tracking down a mythic hidden oasis, an Atlantis of the sands that is reputedly the final resting place of an iconic stone with extraordinary powers – the fabled Benben.
We follow Flin and Freya on an adventure that takes them from the towering rock walls of Yosemite National Park to the teeming backstreets of Cairo, from the spectacular temples of the Nile Valley to the arid, unforgiving wastes of the Western Desert.
The journey is sometimes violent, often dangerous, frequently surprising, and invariably riveting. At stake are not simply the answer to one of archaeology’s greatest mysteries – the location of the legendary lost oasis of Zerzura – but also the key to the astonishing, terrifying secret that lies at the oasis’s heart.
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