A Curse of Silence: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt by Lauren Haney

By Lauren Haney

A vile rumor sweeps around the barren region like a rapidly accumulating sandstorm: Queen Hatshepsut plans to disband a lot of her frontier military and remodel its fortresses into storehouses. the coming of Amonked—the Queen's cousin and Storekeeper of Amon—at the town of Buhen convinces an uneasy Lieutenant Bak of the Medjay police that the whisperings that experience alarmed the population are precise. Then, an afternoon after Amonked inspects the neighborhood garrison and departs, a physique is located stabbed in the home the place he and his get together rested. The slain guy used to be a neighborhood prince, loved by way of his humans, so Bak travels upriver to affix the caravan and examine. notwithstanding not anything tangible connects Amonked and his humans to the heinous act, Bak's inquiry quickly sheds a traumatic mild on an inexplicable crime. For the clues recommend that twisted honor and vengeance lie at its root . . . and a surprising mystery, safe via homicide and silence, which may itself silence the truth—and Bak—for eternity.

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The river was calm, its surface a sheet of brownish water broken at times by a leaping fish. Ducks and geese swam around the empty quays, seeking food thrown overboard by the departed sailors. Sitamon’s cargo ship had sailed north to Abu and a traveling ship had taken its space. The sailors on board shouted across the quay at the men on Baket-Amon’s ship, their jokes vulgar, their laughter raucous. ” Bak asked, recalling his first day within the fortress and his first conversation with the man who had preceded Thuty.

A sharp laugh. ” He shook his head. ” “But, sir . ” Bak said, planning to beg if necessary. ” Looking closer at the man beside him, Bak saw that his face was drawn, his manner distracted. He clasped tightly the pendant of the ram-headed Amon, as if holding the golden image would give him strength. Whatever had occurred between him and Amonked must be serious indeed. As much as Bak hated to give up, he saw that to continue his plea would be fruitless. Baket-Amon stiffened his spine, pulled his head back, and forced a smile.

Let me assure you, I feel strong resentment for the woman who sent him here. ” Bak rubbed his arms, trying to warm them. “Commandant Thuty can say nothing more. He’s too angry to speak with patience and guile. ” Baket-Amon’s expression changed, not in any definable way but in a new stillness of his body and a dimming of the light in his smile. “I fear I can do nothing. Amonked and I . ” His eyes darted toward a rear door, where two naked young women clung together in a seductive pose, beckoning him.

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