By Lauren Haney

Homicide AND GREED within the historic LAND OF AMON

The many and effective deities of Egypt needs to be given their due. All trade is carried out below the watchful eyes of the functionaries of the good Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut. demise faces any and all who may well rob the royal hose of Kemet of its rightful percentage. Lieutenant Bak, commander of the Medjay police, willingly accepts his project to look all Nile River site visitors for contraband -- for rumors are rife of beneficial elephant tusks passing unlawfully from the south to the north. yet greed has spawned loss of life, hideous and unforeseen, and anyone who may develop into wealthy illegally is dealing in excess of invaluable ivory. Whoever threatens to reveal a deadly cache of secrets and techniques won't reside to work out a brand new sunrise -- and dependable Bak may be the subsequent, as he heads relentlessly towards a grim disagreement, a surprising revelation, and extremely attainable doom within the realm of the dead.

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But try sending word to the capital. To the vizier. ” Bak had no answer, nor did Thuty expect one. The complaint was chronic, one common to all frontier commanders who longed to be heard by the men who walked the corridors of power, but whose messages were more often than not lost in bureaucratic indifference. Thuty crossed the walkway to the battlements that looked down on the outer city, a huge rectangular area surrounding the three desert-facing sides of the citadel, and enclosed by walls as high and as strong.

Tjanuny hesitated, his dark eyes betraying the agony of decision. With obvious reluctance, he untied the neck of a leather pouch suspended from a thong around his waist, withdrew a broken chunk of grayish pottery, and handed it over. The writing on the surface was cramped but clear. The scribe of the nobleman Amonhotep guaranteed Tjanuny’s passage north from Wawat. The shard had only to be presented and payment would be made. Bak glanced at Ramose’s ship, riding low in the water, heavy with merchandise brought from far upriver to the south.

It was more than half loaded when I arrived at dawn, so I can’t vouch for what was stowed on board yesterday. ” “We’re inspecting every vessel. ” Bak eyed his friend, suspicious. “Now speak the truth: Was this merely an excuse to slip away from Kor, or do you have good reason to urge undue diligence on our part? ” “It was an excuse to come home, I admit, but…” Nebwa scratched his head, frowned. “I saw him talking to a man I wouldn’t trust with my rattiest pair of sandals, a boatman from the south, as slick a man as I’ve ever seen.

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