A classic murder mystery from the award-winning Michael Pearce, which sees the Mamur Zapt investigate a series of suspicious kidnappings in the Cairo of the 1900s. Cairo in the 1900s. `Tourists are quite safe provided they don't do anything stupidly reckless,' Owen, the Mamur Zapt, British head of Cairo's secret police, assures the press. But what of Monsieur Moulin and Mr Colthorpe, kidnapped from the terrace at Shepheard's Hotel? Were these kidnappings intended as deliberately symbolic blows at the British? Owen had better unravel it quickly, or else... And where better to start from than the donkey-vous, Cairo's enterprising youths who hire out their donkeys for rides...
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Michael Pearce was raised in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, where his fascination for language began. He later trained as a Russian interpreter but moved away from languages to follow an academic career, first as a lecturer in English and the History of Ideas, and then as an administrator. Michael Pearce now lives in London and is best known as the author of the award-winning Mamur Zapt books.From Kirkus Reviews:
Pearce hits his stride with this third tale of Gereth Cadwallader Owen, the Mamur Zapt (...and the Return of the Carpet, ...and the Night of the Dog) of the Anglo-Egyptian political police. The problem- -how did French contractor Octave Moulin disappear from the crowded terrace at Shepheard's Hotel without anyone noticing (and who kidnapped him, and why)?--is more interesting than before, and the mystification better focused, without any loss to Pearce's deft background portraits: from the Colthorpe Hartleys--two useless witnesses, a devoted wife and an irrepressible daughter, covering for a blind-drunk father who shortly becomes a second kidnapping victim-- to those courteous terrorists, the Zawia Group (or is it the Wekil Group?) to the donkey-boys who must know more about these disappearances than they're saying. If you're not expecting a whodunit--as usual, there are no big surprises saved for the end--this is as charming a historical mystery as you'll find this summer. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Collins Crime, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0006471080