The Camel of Destruction (Mamur Zapt mystery)

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The suicide of a clerk in the Ministry of Agriculture hardly seemed to warrant the attention of the head of Cairo's political CID in Edwardian Egypt, but Captain Owen soon found his investigation more concerned with controversial property developments than with the effects of too much prussic acid.

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""Rife with subterfuge, political intrigue, and state-of-the-art business chicanery, circa 1910, with dozens of sly asides and a glimpse of Egypt so pungent you can almost smell the camel dung."" --Kirkus Reviews

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Cairo, 1910: the end of the boom and everyone seems to have money troubles. Then one day a civil servant dies at his desk. Was it pressure of work or something nastier? The whiff of corruption is in the air, with even Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt, seen to live beyond his means – and he's the one who's supposed to be investigating the affair.

Owen's attempts to do so, aided by unlikely allies, the Grand Mufti and the monstrous Ali, take him to the heart of such sinister organisations as the Khedival Agricultural Society. But he soon realises that money speaks louder than words in Edwardian Cairo, and that the rich are notoriously tricky. Will the Mamur Zapt be up to taking them on? And will he be in time to stop the Camel of Destruction running through the city?

‘This series continues to be the most consistently delightful in current detective fiction’
GERALD KAUFMAN, 'The Scotsman'

‘Another sparkling recreation in which Pearce's heart and art drily in the right place’
JOHN COLEMAN, 'Sunday Times'

‘A plot that flexes its coils as innocently as an asp’
PHILIP OAKES, 'Literary Review'

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