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Perfect for fans of Conn Iggulden, Wilbur Smith and Robert Harris, this is vivid and fascinating historical murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt from bestselling author Nick Drake.
"Full of surprises, twists and turns, this is a glorious, riveting historical thriller" -- TESS GERRITSEN
"Rahotep, like C. J, Sansom's Shardlake, is a detective at the very heart of his historical era" -- DAILY EXPRESS
"At times I held my breath waiting for him to suss out the mystery..." -- ***** Reader review
"Loved everything about this book..." -- ***** Reader review
A KING IN DANGER. A BATTLE TO STAY ALIVE.
On the shadowy city streets the cryptically mutilated bodies of several young people are discovered. These brutal acts are destabilizing a ruthless regime already unstable thanks to corruption and the appalling divide between rich and poor.
Meanwhile, Tutankhamun, at 18, has inherited an empire that should be at the height of power and glory. But he faces only a Court full of conspiracies and plotting, and a bitter struggle for power.
And when his own security is threatened by an intruder in the palace, he needs an outsider he can trust to track down the traitor. Rahotep receives a mysterious invitation to the labyrinthine halls of the Royal Palace.
But what he discovers at the dark heart of power will put his life, and his family, in grave danger. . .
Rahotep's adventures continue in Egypt: The Book of Chaos. Have you read Nefertiti, his first adventure?
At the start of Drake s superlative middle book in his ancient Egypt trilogy (after Nefertiti), Rahotep, the chief detective in the Thebes police force, visits a horrific crime scene. Someone has mutilated a young man and removed his eyes and possibly pacified him with narcotics during the assault. When the killer strikes again, Rahotep wonders if the murders may be connected with efforts to destabilize the regime of the young Tutankhamun. The ruler s foes include Ay, the regent who effectively runs the country, and Horemheb, commander of the country s armies. Rahotep must tread carefully to identify the parties behind both the killings and the threats to Tutankhamun without jeopardizing his life and the lives of his family members. Drake seamlessly introduces a serial killer plot line into his vivid evocation of the past. Admirers of such great historical novelists as Robert Graves and Mary Renault will hope that he continues working in the field after concluding this series.