A Cruel Deceit by Lauren Haney

By Lauren Haney

From everywhere, they've got come to the capital urban of Waset for the opulent ceremonial dinner of Opet-- sovereigns and supplicants, the pious and proud, collecting for the eleven-day-long revelries. whereas greeting associates and fellow Medjay officials on the bustling harbor, Lieutenant Bak is distracted via foul homicide, the invention of the physique of a Hittite horse dealer, his throat savagely lower. Bak has no authority to enquire what can be a easy subject of Hittite politics -- until eventually comparable murders take place in the sacred precinct of the Lord Amon. even though this urban isn't really his personal, Bak eagerly has the same opinion to assist within the research. yet his made up our minds look for connections embroils him in a terrifying conspiracy that issues to the court docket of Queen Hatshepsut herself. Untold others can be becoming a member of the ranks of the useless earlier than the villain is finished -- with Lieutenant Bak numbered between them.

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Never fear, sir. ” Bak reassured him with a smile. ” “No, sir,” they said as one. ” Tetynefer’s eyes darted toward the younger guards. “I told you right away about the token. ” The stout one nodded; the other looked doubtful. ” The three guards laughed. “One man in three, maybe one in four, was a stranger,” the 40 Lauren Haney taller guard explained. ” Bak listened to the chatter of birds in the otherwise silent sacred precinct and imagined how full of life it must have been so short a time ago.

Bak saw anger forming, a substitute for sorrow. ” She handed a jar to him and sat on the platform. Her eyes were puffy and red, her face pale. Her expression grew hard and determined. “Woserhet was a good man, Lieutenant, a good father to our children. ” “I told you, he was a good man. ” Bak took a sip of beer, which was milder and smoother than most kitchen brews. The woman erred, thinking her husband had no foes. Woserhet’s death had been no accident. “I’ve been told he reported directly to the chief priest.

The multitude of people jostled for position along the broad, slightly raised causeway, which was paved with crushed white limestone. Clad in all their finery, whether the rough linen of the poor or the most delicate of fabrics worn by the nobility, and wearing their most elegant jewelry, they 21 22 Lauren Haney stood shoulder to shoulder, all equally intent on sharing this most wondrous of occasions with the greatest of gods, his divine spouse and son and his two earthly children. Acrobats and musicians performed, entertainers sang and danced, among temporary booths erected along the processional way on ground still damp from the ebbing flood.

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