THE WITCH OF BABYLON
BOOK ONE IN THE MESOPOTAMIAN TRILOGY
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 unearth the dark history behind the old science of alchemy: Is the notion of turning lead into gold possible after all?
Against his will John is taken back to Iraq. Awaiting him is a fabulous underground treasure trove and the truth behind a famous story the world believes is only a myth.
“a book so good, everyone should buy it twice.”
“Soaked in the blood of centuries, yet as fresh as tomorrow’s headlines. D.J. McIntosh is articulate, literate, and scary.”
—Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
"From Iraq, ancient history and alchemy combine to terrorize us in this stunning historical thriller. A terrific read."
—Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Gamache series
"With a plot that moves like a racetrack pickpocket and a hero who has more lives than a cat and uses them all, D.J. McIntosh's 'The Witch Of Babylon' is one terrifying ride. Connecting the recent looting of antiquities in war-torn Iraq with a Mesopotamian conspiracy contrived almost three thousand years ago, the plot ingeniously weaves between the two, keeping the reader on edge and guessing to the very last page. Full of an equal amount of mayhem and erudition, this novel marks a remarkably inventive and lively debut."
—James. W. Nichol, bestselling author of The Midnight Cab
Six historical adventure books to get you hooked.
—Laura Allsop, CNN
Is D.J. McIntosh the next Dan Brown?
—Sarah Elton, The Globe and Mail
D.J. McIntosh is a member of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies and a former co-editor of the Crime Writers of Canada’s newsletter, Fingerprints. She is a strong supporter of Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists. She lives in Toronto.