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Tutankhamun

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For Rahotep, chief detective, life is about to get very complicated. On the shadowy city streets the cryptically mutilated bodies of several young people are discovered. These brutal acts are destabilizing a ruthless regime already made precarious by corruption and the appalling divide between rich and poor. Meanwhile, Tutankhamun has inherited an empire that should be at the height of power and glory. But the King, just eighteen, faces only the political conspiracies of the Court, and a bitter struggle for ascendancy. And when his own security is threatened by an intruder in the palace, he needs an outsider he can trust to track down the traitor. Rahotep receives a mysterious invitation to the labyrinthine halls of the Royal Palace. But what he discovers at the dark heart of power will put his life, and his family, in grave danger. . .show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 127 x 197 x 27mm | 351g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552152455
  • 9780552152457
  • 415,038

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"In the best tradition of C. J. Sansom's Shardlake mysteries, Nick Drake has woven a bright, luminous tapestry. This is brilliant, make sure you read every line." -- Manda Scott "Drake uses both the dazzling light of the desert and concealing darkness of night to disturbing effect in his gripping narrative...He cleverly evokes an ancient civilisation that fascinates because of its innate differences and similarities to our own...Rahotep, like CJ Sansom's Shardlake, is a detective at the very heart of his historical era" * Daily Express * "Using modern research, Nick Drake has painted an authentic picture of a lost civilisation, and brings alive the ill-fated boy-king who still fascinates to this day" * Daily Mail *show more

About Nick Drake

NICK DRAKE was born in 1961. He is a screenwriter and an award-winning poet. He has been Literary Associate at the National Theatre and worked with Nicholas Hytner and Nicholas Wright on the stage version of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. He is the author of one previous novel featuring Rai Rahotep, Nefertiti, which was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Best Historical Crime Novel Prize.show more

Back cover copy

Egypt, 1324 BC For Rahotep, chief detective in Thebes, life is about to get very complicated. On the shadowy city streets the bodies of several young people are discovered, cryptically mutilated. These brutal acts are destabilizing a ruthless regime. Meanwhile, on the golden throne, Tutankhamun and his brilliant young Queen are faced with bitter political conspiracies. And when his own security is threatened, the King needs an outsider he can trust to track down the traitor. Already perplexed by the Thebes murder investigation, Rahotep receives a mysterious invitation to the Royal Palace. But what he discovers at the dark heart of power will change his life, and put everything he loves at risk . . .show more

Review Text

"Using modern research, Nick Drake has painted an authentic picture of a lost civilisation, and brings alive the ill-fated boy-king who still fascinates to this day"show more

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487 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
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4 36% (177)
3 32% (155)
2 8% (39)
1 1% (7)
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