The Mark of the Pasha

The Mark of the Pasha

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The Great War has ended, and the army is keen to be demobbed. But Willoughby, the new British High Commissioner in Egypt, has managed to affront the Khedive by refusing to receive rival delegations fueled by rising nationalism. Then, when some Armenians, Copts, and English civil servants are attacked, a state of emergency is declared.



Gareth Cadwallader Owen is the Mamur Zapt, the Head of the Khedive's Secret Police. Unlike his British colleagues, Owen works for the Khedive. His is an uncomfortable perch as agitation for political and social restructuring grows. Furthermore, Owen is married to a pasha's daughter, Zeinab, herself straddling a cultural divide.



The Khedive has declared a procession: he'll drive around Cairo with his Ministers. Owen, who has spent his career defusing political time bombs, learns the streets have been made dangerous by threats of real bombs. The first order of business is to ward them off. The second is to ensure the safety of an impending major European delegation to the capital.



But what does it all have to do with Owen's shiny new motor car?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12mm | 271g
  • Scottsdale, United States
  • English
  • 1:B&W 5.5 x 8.5 in or 216 x 140 mm (Demy 8vo) Perfect Bound on Creme w/Gloss Lam
  • 1590587596
  • 9781590587591
  • 368,537

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-As usual, Pearce infuses the delightful narrative with an irresistible blend of humor, politics, culture, and intrigue.- -- Booklist on The Mark of the Pasha


-The convincing period detail, combined with comic touches, will charm newcomers as well as established fans.- -Publishers Weekly

-Pearce (The Point in the Market, 2003, etc.) makes his historical tales so witty and plausible that you'll regret missing Cairo's heyday. Pump up the air conditioning and enjoy.- -Kirkus Reviews
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About Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce grew up in the (then) Anglo-Egyptian Sudan among the political and other tensions he draws on for his books. He returned there later to teach and retains a human rights interest in the area. His career has followed the standard academic rake's progress from teaching to writing to administration. He finds international politics a pallid imitation of academic ones.
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