Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Witch Of Babylon, Book Review

The Witch Of Babylon
By D.J. McIntosh
Penguin Canada (June 2011)

D.J McIntosh has written a fast paced page-turner in her sizzling debut thriller, The Witch Of Babylon.

John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer living in New York. His older brother Samuel is killed in a car accident, a car that John was driving, and Samuel was the passenger in. And while John feels a sense of guilt, he also starts to wonder if it was really an accident at all, or were they targeted by someone trying to run them off the road. But John has another problem to deal with. Another mysterious death—a childhood friend whom, shortly before his demise, sends him a puzzle of sorts that John must solve. It involves a missing artifact looted from Baghdad’s National Museum during the Iraq invasion; an artifact that Samuel may have taken to protect. But now police suspicion is mounting against John in both deaths, and he’s being hunted down by some other dangerous characters.

For anyone interested in art history, ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, this is a fascinating read chock-full of historical information. It’s an intense mix of fact and fiction along the lines of The Da Vinci Code, that will please not only thriller lovers but history fans as well. The Witch Of Babylon is the winner of the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished Crime Novel. It was also shortlisted for the 2007 Crime Writer’s Association (U.K) Debut Dagger Award. I’m sure there will be more rewards to follow, it’s a book I found truly hard to put down.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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1 comment:

  1. History, art, Mesopotamia, Egypt? I now know it is possible to ring every bell I have . . . AT THE SAME TIME! Racing to get my copy NOW!
    (Gee, guess I'm excited. I don't think I've ever used so many exclamation points in my life. Must be channeling my inner JT Kirk)
    Looking forward to the read. Thanks for the heads up, Julia. Cool.