Dorothy McIntosh’s The Witch of Babylon is an international treasure-hunting thriller of lost relics, ancient sorcery, and alchemy set against the backdrop of recent history in Iraq.
John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a respected Mesopotamian scholar. Caught between Samuel’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, John races to decipher a biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy: Is turning lead into gold possible after all? Against his will, John returns to Iraq, where a treasure trove awaits discovery and where the truth behind a famous story the world believes to be a myth is finally revealed.