The Witch of Babylon

The Witch of Babylon

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Out of the searing heat and sandstorms of the infamous summer of 2003 in Baghdad comes "The Witch of Babylon," a gripping story rooted in ancient Assyrian lore and its little-known but profound significance for the world. John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a mover and shaker in New York's art world. Caught between his brother's obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq's National Museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one. Aided by Tomas, an archaeologist, and Ari, an Iraqi photojournalist--two men with their own secrets to hide--John races against time to decipher a biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy. Kidnapped by villainous fortune hunters, John is returned to Iraq, where a fabulous treasure trove awaits discovery--if he can stay alive long enough to find it. International thriller-writing sensation D. J. McIntosh makes her American debut with "The Witch of Babylon."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 398 pages
  • 167 x 242 x 33mm | 617g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 076533366X
  • 9780765333667
  • 2,443,548

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"Ancient history and alchemy combine to terrorize us in this stunning historical thriller. A terrific read."--Louise Penny, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Bury Your Dead

""Soaked in the blood of centuries, yet as fresh as tomorrow's headlines. D.J. McIntosh is articulate, literate, and scary."--Alan Bradley, bestselling author of "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie""" ""The Witch of Babylon" is at once a complex art-history mystery centered on biblical scholarship, a breath-stealing thriller set in the early months of the Iraq invasion, and an intellectual exploration of links between Mesopotamian myths and European alchemical processes."--"Mystery Writers Ink"
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About D J Mcintosh

D. J. McIntosh's "The Witch of Babylon" has been sold in nineteen countries, was short-listed for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award, and won a Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished novel. McIntosh is a member of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies. She is a strong supporter of Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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802 ratings
3.17 out of 5 stars
5 13% (103)
4 26% (211)
3 32% (259)
2 22% (175)
1 7% (54)
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