By Lauren Haney
A vile rumor sweeps around the desolate tract like a speedily amassing sandstorm: Queen Hatshepsut plans to disband a lot of her frontier military and rework its fortresses into storehouses. the coming of Amonked—the Queen's cousin and Storekeeper of Amon—at the 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 a neighborhood prince, loved through his humans, so Bak travels upriver to affix the caravan and examine. notwithstanding not anything tangible connects Amonked and his humans to the heinous act, Bak's inquiry quickly sheds a traumatic gentle on an inexplicable crime. For the clues recommend that twisted honor and vengeance lie at its root . . . and a stunning mystery, secure by means of homicide and silence, which could itself silence the truth—and Bak—for eternity.
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Standing in the door of the room he used as an ofﬁce was a swarthy man of thirty or so years, medium of height and sturdily built, wearing an impressive multicolored broad collar, bracelets, anklets, and armlets. A sheathed dagger hung from his belt and he carried the baton of ofﬁce of an army ofﬁcer. A stranger to Buhen. Amonked’s military adviser, without doubt. ” The ofﬁcer ﬂung a censorious look at the pair. “If I were you, I’d spare them not at all. ” The man’s words, his imperious tone rankled.
Sitamon’s cargo ship had sailed north to Abu and a traveling ship had taken its space. The sailors on board shouted across the quay at the men on Baket-Amon’s ship, their jokes vulgar, their laughter raucous. ” Bak asked, recalling his ﬁrst day within the fortress and his ﬁrst conversation with the man who had preceded Thuty. Imsiba gave his friend a surprised look. Bak seldom mentioned their earliest days on the frontier, when friendships had been forged, love had come and gone, and they had begun to feel the fortress their home.
I thank the lord Amon. ” Seshu shook his head in disgust. “Altogether there are nine people in his party. ” Nebwa demanded. “For the carrying chairs. Three of them. One for Amonked. One for his noble brother-in-law. And one for the concubine. ” Nebwa muttered an oath in the local dialect spoken by his wife. “Seventy-two people who have to be provided A CURSE OF SILENCE 33 with food and drink. ” “Plus the many drovers necessary to handle the donkeys,” Bak said. Seshu heaved a deep, dejected sigh.
A Curse of Silence: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt by Lauren Haney