Captain Gareth Owen, "Mamur Zapt" and Head of Cairo's Secret Police, is unhappily rounding up enemy aliens in Egypt, 1914. But nationality is a slippery thing in cosmopolitan Egypt. Who counts as German? And whose is the face in the cat cemetery? This is the 14th novel in the Mamur Zapt series.
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Michael Pearce grew up in the (then) Anglo-Egyptian Sudan among the political and other tensions he draws on for his books. He returned there later to teach and retains a human rights interest in the area. His career has followed the standard academic rake's progress from teaching to writing to administration. He finds international politics a pallid imitation of academic ones.From AudioFile:
It's 1914, and the first rumblings of WWI are being felt in Egypt. Foreign nationals with German on their passports are being rounded up and interred by the British, who have the controlling power in Cairo. Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt (head of the secret police), is given this unpleasant task, which in some cases means losing valuable members of his own team. But the unpleasant becomes grim when one German ends up, not just dead, but wrapped like a mummy in a cemetery for cats. Nigel Carrington handles accents superbly, capturing the range of personalities in Pearce' story--from strident, hot-tempered girlfriend to gentle, mild-mannered civil servant. The mystery takes a backseat to the evocative, lush setting and exotic view of British history. Perfect escapism. D.G. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollins, Harper Collins, London, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First edition first printing of the fourteenth novel in the Mamur Zapt series. In fine / fine unread condition. Bookseller Inventory # 17340