Cairo of 1908 lives by and in its cafes. Now Cairo's cafe culture is being threatened by gangs in the protection business. But who is behind the gangs? Is it the usual political clubs, or is it something more sinister - a conspiracy of Cairo's Mingrelians?
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""In Pearce's latest entertaining historical, set in 1908 colonial Egypt, Captain Gareth Owen, a.k.a. the Mamur Zapt who heads the British secret police, tackles two problems. Gangs of extortionists have been terrorizing the cafA(c) owners of Cairo, and the impending visit of a Russian grand duke ignites political unrest that may involve assassination plots. Britain's world standing hangs in the balance. As usual, Pearce masterfully depicts Owen's skills at maneuvering through both the British and the Egyptian bureaucracies, as well as his familiarity with every byway of his adopted city. The author's subtle humor complements the vivid period details."" aPublishers WeeklyFrom the Back Cover:
Cairo of 1980 lives by and in its cafe. But suddenly the cafe culture is being threatened by gangs in the protection racket, and no one seems to know who is behind them. Is it the usual political clubs, or is it something more sinister – a conspiracy of Cairo's Mingrelians? Who exactly are these Mingrelians, and what is their connection with the Der of Babylon? And what is the real tale the storyteller is telling?
It falls to Gareth Owen, Mamur Zapt and Head of Cairo's Secret Police, to find the answers to those arcane and pressing questions – and quickly, for the conspiracy is aimed at a Russian Grand Duke, coming to Egypt in an attempt to replicate his royal uncle's visit at the original opening of the Suez Canal.
“Ninth in the series and still as fertile as your favourite oasis”.
“Pearce takes apart ancient history and reassembles it with wit and beguiling colour”.
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Book Description Trafalgar Square Publishing, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006497780