By Lauren Haney
A vile rumor sweeps around the desolate tract like a rapidly accumulating sandstorm: Queen Hatshepsut plans to disband a lot of her frontier military and remodel 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 an area prince, liked via 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 tense mild on an inexplicable crime. For the clues recommend that twisted honor and vengeance lie at its root . . . and a surprising mystery, safe by means of homicide and silence, which may itself silence the truth—and Bak—for eternity.
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A guard of honor probably. But would they be alert, competent defenders of Amonked’s person? Directing a smile at the lofty visitor from Waset, he said in a smooth voice, “You’re a man of substance, sir. One who shoulders the weighty tasks of the storekeeper of Amon. ” He dared not look at Nebwa, fearing his friend would laugh aloud at so shameless a ploy. ” Amonked’s face was blank, revealing nothing, but Bak had the uncomfortable feeling that he not only knew he had been manipulated but had allowed it to happen.
I care nothing for Amonked the man, Nebwa, and I wholeheartedly resent the inspector of the fortresses of Wawat, but I fear for our sovereign’s cousin. ” Nebwa ran his ﬁngers through his hair, making unruly locks go in all directions. ” Bak looked the length of the street, but barely saw the blocks of interconnected buildings that hugged the thoroughfare, their walls a brilliant white in the early afternoon sun, or the tall towered gate straddling the far end. Nor was he fully aware of four comely young women standing in an intersecting lane, talking, or a brown goose waddling up the pavement, leading her brood of seven downy goslings.
Of course. ” Baket-Amon placed a date between his lips, leaned forward, and kissed the girl with the lute, passing the sweet fruit into her mouth. “Let me assure you, I feel strong resentment for the woman who sent him here. ” Bak rubbed his arms, trying to warm them. “Commandant Thuty can say nothing more. He’s too angry to speak with patience and guile. ” Baket-Amon’s expression changed, not in any deﬁnable way but in a new stillness of his body and a dimming of the light in his smile. “I fear I can do nothing.
A Curse of Silence: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt by Lauren Haney