The Last Cut

The Last Cut

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In this classic mystery from Michael Pearce's award-winning series, set in the Egypt of the 1900s, the Mamur Zapt investigates the discovery of a young woman's body at the site of a dam.

Cairo, 1908. When an attempt is made to blow up a key regulator in the Cairo Barrage, the Mamur Zapt, British head of Cairo's secret police, is called in to investigate.

To make matters worse, the ceremonial cutting of a dam always requires careful policing, especially on this occasion as it is going to be the Last Cut. Which means the discovery of a young woman's body at the site of the dam is extremely embarrassing. Is this the traditional ritual sacrifice? Or something more sinister?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 140g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0008259496
  • 9780008259495
  • 1,328,852

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`Takes apart ancient history and reassembles it with beguiling wit and colour' Sunday Times

`Marvellously convoluted... Dryly and deeply funny' Literary Review

`Urbane, intelligent and never patronising, Pearce writes about Egypt with the observant eye of the lover who sees yet forgives all faults' Val McDermid

`Irresistible fun' Time Out

`An entertaining story in which the author has cleverly woven a mystery into the background of the city, bringing it and its varied population to noisy life' Sunday Telegraph
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About Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce was raised in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, where his fascination for language began. He later trained as a Russian interpreter but moved away from languages to follow an academic career, first as a lecturer in English and the History of Ideas, and then as an administrator. Michael Pearce now lives in London and is best known as the author of the award-winning Mamur Zapt books.
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