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A vile rumor sweeps around the desolate tract like a quickly collecting 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 town of Buhen convinces an uneasy Lieutenant Bak of the Medjay police that the whisperings that experience alarmed the population are real. 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 an area prince, loved via his humans, so Bak travels upriver to affix the caravan and examine. even though not anything tangible connects Amonked and his humans to the heinous act, Bak's inquiry quickly sheds a tense gentle on an inexplicable crime. For the clues recommend that twisted honor and vengeance lie at its root . . . and a surprising mystery, secure via homicide and silence, which could itself silence the truth—and Bak—for eternity.

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She reached down to pet the great tawny cat, making him purr. “Amonked was reputed to be a nice, good-natured boy, a favorite of Hatshepsut, then a princess. The king’s first and most favored daughter, spoiled by both mother and father. ” Nofery’s expression darkened, her voice turned grim. ” Chapter Two “He surely doesn’t expect to travel upriver with so many people! ” Seshu stared, appalled, at the seven ships standing off Buhen, preparing to moor at two of the three stone quays reaching into the river.

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. “I feel greatly in need of diversion. ” Bak shook his head. “Like you, Amonked sails tomorrow, though in a different direction. So far, the people of this garrison have behaved themselves, pretending to ignore him and his party when in fact they’re seething with anger. ” Leaning against the parapet that edged the terrace running along the base of the fortress wall, Bak watched the distant flotilla sailing upriver toward the fortress of Kor.

Interesting. Especially coming from the storekeeper of Amon, a man who knows nothing of the needs of war. ” The inspector’s eyes rested on Bak for an instant, his thoughts hidden behind an expressionless mask. A mask carefully molded, Bak suspected, by a lifetime of tiptoeing among those who held the reins of power. Thuty led the party into the building. They walked corridor after corridor, passing room after room. Amonked paused now and again to ask a question, which Thuty answered, or simply to watch a man at work.

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