By Lauren Haney
A vile rumor sweeps around the wilderness like a quickly collecting 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 town of Buhen convinces an uneasy Lieutenant Bak of the Medjay police that the whisperings that experience alarmed the population are precise. Then, an afternoon after Amonked inspects the neighborhood garrison and departs, a physique is located stabbed in the home the place he and his occasion rested. The slain guy was once a neighborhood prince, loved by way of his humans, so Bak travels upriver to hitch the caravan and examine. notwithstanding not anything tangible connects Amonked and his humans to the heinous act, Bak's inquiry quickly sheds a tense gentle on an inexplicable crime. For the clues recommend that twisted honor and vengeance lie at its root . . . and a surprising mystery, safe via homicide and silence, that can itself silence the truth—and Bak—for eternity.
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Bak smiled. ” “I wanted to laugh so bad I thought I’d burst. ” “Concern for Thuty kept my laughter in check. ” Bak leaned a hip against the wall surrounding the animal paddock. The enclosure was ﬁlled to capacity with donkeys. About half the sturdy creatures surrounded broken sheaves of half-dried clover, eating a portion and spreading the rest over the sand on which they stood. A few animals dozed on their feet, the rest milled around, too fretful to settle down. The ﬁne dust stirred up by their hooves, the stench of fresh manure, and the harsh odor of the fodder made Bak sneeze.
Bak walked with the sergeant across the stark white rooftop to a small open court that allowed light into the building and, nearby, an enclosed stairwell. ” The big Medjay chuckled. ” The thought gave reason for worry. Several generations had passed since the warrior-king Ahmose Nebpehtire had marched victorious against the armies of Kush to retake the land of Wawat. Through the intervening years, most of the old buildings had been repaired; the dwellings reoccupied by the families of ofﬁcers, senior scribes, and merchants; and the barracks and storehouses either used for their original purpose or converted for a multitude of uses.
This was the safest room in the treasury, its contents the most valuable. Jars containing precious oils, myrrh, and incense. Baskets laden with chunks A CURSE OF SILENCE 49 of stone destined to be worked into royal jewelry. Piles of skins taken from lions and leopards and long-haired monkeys. Ostrich eggs and feathers. Amonked, his hands clasped behind his back, wandered along the aisles with the same relish as before. At the far end of the room, he stopped before six elephant tusks leaning pointed-end-up in a corner.
A Curse of Silence: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt by Lauren Haney