By Lauren Haney
Homicide AND GREED within the historic LAND OF AMON
The many and effective deities of Egypt needs to be given their due. All trade is performed lower than the watchful eyes of the functionaries of the good Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut. dying faces any and all who may possibly rob the royal hose of Kemet of its rightful percentage. Lieutenant Bak, commander of the Medjay police, willingly accepts his project to look all Nile River site visitors for contraband -- for rumors are rife of important elephant tusks passing unlawfully from the south to the north. yet greed has spawned demise, hideous and unforeseen, and a person who might turn into wealthy illegally is dealing in way over priceless ivory. Whoever threatens to show a deadly cache of secrets and techniques won't stay to determine a brand new sunrise -- and dependable Bak may be the subsequent, as he heads relentlessly towards a grim disagreement, a surprising revelation, and intensely attainable doom within the realm of the dead.
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The scribe of the nobleman Amonhotep guaranteed Tjanuny’s passage north from Wawat. The shard had only to be presented and payment would be made. Bak glanced at Ramose’s ship, riding low in the water, heavy with merchandise brought from far upriver to the south. A mixed unit of soldiers and Medjay policemen swarmed over the craft, probing the contents of baskets and bundles and chests filled with exotic and precious items. An elderly scribe borrowed from the garrison records office followed their progress, comparing the cargo with the manifest he held, making sure the captain had omitted no items for which he had to pay a toll.
He agreed, but only if I sail into Buhen and submit to a second search. ” Smiling at his own joke, Hapuseneb knelt at the water’s edge, drew the borrowed skiff in close, and stepped aboard. Bak and Imsiba turned away and led their inspection crew on down the quay. “Hapuseneb seems a good man,” Imsiba said. “I wish more were like him. ” Bak slowed his pace as they approached the gangplank and lowered his voice so no one else would hear. “If we find no ivory through the week, and if Nebwa finds none at Kor, we’ll speak to Commandant Thuty.
Bak, yawning broadly, stepped out of the dark passage through the towered gate and walked south along the upper terrace. One large vessel, a broad-beamed cargo ship with the river god Hapi painted on its prow, was moored alongside the southern quay. The crew hustled about the deck, securing the lowered mast and yards for the long voyage downstream to Kemet. The ship was Mahu’s, riding low in the water, reeking of the farmyard. When it had sailed into Buhen at dusk, too late to inspect, the cattle and goats it carried on deck had been led away to the animal paddocks.