A Face Turned Backward by Lauren Haney

By Lauren Haney

Homicide AND GREED within the historical LAND OF AMON

The many and potent deities of Egypt needs to be given their due. All trade is carried out lower than the watchful eyes of the functionaries of the nice Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut. dying faces any and all who may perhaps rob the royal hose of Kemet of its rightful percentage. Lieutenant Bak, commander of the Medjay police, willingly accepts his task to look all Nile River site visitors for contraband -- for rumors are rife of worthwhile elephant tusks passing unlawfully from the south to the north. yet greed has spawned demise, hideous and unforeseen, and an individual who might develop into wealthy illegally is dealing in way over worthy ivory. Whoever threatens to reveal a deadly cache of secrets and techniques won't reside to determine a brand new sunrise -- and dependable Bak may be the subsequent, as he heads relentlessly towards a grim war of words, a stunning revelation, and intensely attainable doom within the realm of the dead.

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He’s flat on his belly and helpless—and will be for a week or more. ” Bak had had enough of Rennefer. Thanks to the lord Amon, he had not fallen into her web of deceit, but he had come uncomfortably close. Whether or not this poor adventure would gain him respect among the local people remained an open question. He leaned against the parapet and stared down at the city, a series of rectangles, gray-white in the fading light, outlined by streets and lanes buried in shadow. Thuty had ushered him and Nebwa to the top of the fortress wall, the most private place in Buhen, for a reason.

They spoke a few words, the seaman clapped the big Medjay on the back, and shouted an order for the oarsmen to take their positions. “I see no men scurrying around, counting baskets laden with contraband,” Nebwa said, coming up behind Bak. Bak swung around, amazed. “By the beard of Amon! ” “I left Ptahmose in charge. ” Ptahmose was Nebwa’s sergeant, as close to him as Imsiba was to Bak. “You’d better keep well out of Thuty’s way. ” Nebwa screwed up his face, trying hard to look aggrieved. “I’ve a legitimate mission.

Now and again, Bak glimpsed Ramose’s sailors going from house to house, Tjanuny at their head, looking for missing items. He had made the oarsman their leader as soon as he had returned the skiff with appropriate apologies and sufficient groveling. The villagers stayed out of their way, watching their progress from a distance, whispering. They seemed furtive rather than resentful; people with a secret, not the indignant victims of an unjust search. ” Bak nodded toward the oasis spread out below.

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