A Face Turned Backward by Lauren Haney

By Lauren Haney

Homicide AND GREED within the historical LAND OF AMON

The many and strong deities of Egypt has to be given their due. All trade is performed less than the watchful eyes of the functionaries of the good Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut. loss of life faces any and all who might 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 useful elephant tusks passing unlawfully from the south to the north. yet greed has spawned demise, hideous and unforeseen, and anyone who might develop into wealthy illegally is dealing in excess of necessary ivory. Whoever threatens to show a deadly cache of secrets and techniques won't stay to work out a brand new sunrise -- and dependable Bak may be the subsequent, as he heads relentlessly towards a grim war of words, a surprising revelation, and extremely attainable doom within the realm of the dead.

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Most of a day had passed since the commandant had ordered the all-out search for contraband, and every boatman on the quay had vented his anger and resentment in one way or another—the smaller the boat, the louder and more vociferous the complainant. He turned to the lean, sinewy man whose arm was caught in the firm A FACE TURNED BACKWARD / 27 grip of a hulking young Medjay policeman. ” The dusky offender drew his shoulders back and raised his chin high, refusing to be intimidated. “My brother lives in Kemet, sir, tilling the fields of an illustrious nobleman whose estate is a day’s walk north of Abu.

Bak and Imsiba turned away and led their inspection crew on down the quay. “Hapuseneb seems a good man,” Imsiba said. “I wish more were like him. ” Bak slowed his pace as they approached the gangplank and lowered his voice so no one else would hear. “If we find no ivory through the week, and if Nebwa finds none at Kor, we’ll speak to Commandant Thuty. By then we’ll have inconvenienced and angered a sufficient number of men to convince the viceroy we’ve done our duty. ” Userhet glanced at Imsiba and the men standing by the gangplank, awaiting Bak’s signal to board.

Bak nodded toward the oasis spread out below. “Your date palms must be the envy of every man and woman along this stretch of river. ” Pahuro, looking smug at the compliment and torn by the conclusion, readjusted his position on the one chair the village possessed. It was a stiff wooden armchair, its seat covered by a pillow with a complicated pattern of interlocking 46 / Lauren Haney multicolored spirals worked onto its upper surface. Before the old man had settled himself upon it, Bak had noticed how thin the pillow was, perhaps to display the design to its best advantage.

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