Why was the body put on the line? Did someone want to halt the progress of the New Electric Railway out from Cairo to the "City of Pleasure" being built in the suburbs? Old Egypt is pitted against New and in the middle is the Mamur Zapt, British head of Cairo's Secret Police.
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Acclaim for Michael Pearce and the Mamur Zapt novels:
‘Pearce takes apart ancient history and reassembles it with beguiling wit and colour’
John Coleman, Sunday Times
‘Marvellously convoluted… Dryly and deeply funny’
Philip Oakes, Literary Review
Why was the body put on the line? Did someone want to halt the progress of the new railway out from Cairo to the ‘City of Pleasure’ being built in the suburbs? Or was it just another traditional revenge killing?
To answer these questions the Mamur Zapt, British Head of Cairo’s Secret Police, has to look both in the luxurious quarters of the dazzling New Heliopolis and in the more humble houses of the dead man’s village and in neither place are things quite as straightforward as they seem. What is the significance of the Tree of the Virgins? Does it matter that the gathering place for the Mecca Caravan is only a mile or two away? And what of the ostrich that passed in the night?
“Effortlessly funny and engaging. Packed, as ever, with fact, flavour and the kind of insouciance which makes history lighter than air”
PHILIP OAKES, 'Literary Review'
“Michael Pearce’s light touch and witty dialogue make this series a continuing delight”
SUSANNA YAGER, 'Sunday Telegraph'
“Urbane, intelligent and never patronising, Pearce writes about Egypt with the observant eye of the lover who sees yet forgives all faults”
VAL MCDERMID, 'Manchester Evening News'
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2326191