By Lauren Haney
To Honor The Gods Amid Treachery and DeathFrom all over the place, they've got come to the capital urban of Waset for the opulent banquet of Opet-- sovereigns and supplicants, the pious and proud, collecting for the eleven-day-long revelries. whereas greeting pals 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 reduce. Bak has no authority to enquire what can be a basic subject of Hittite politics -- till comparable murders ensue in the sacred precinct of the Lord Amon. even though this urban isn't really his personal, Bak eagerly concurs 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 lifeless prior to the villain is finished -- with Lieutenant Bak numbered between them.
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You did well,” Amonked said, letting his gaze touch every man among them. ” Bak peered through the door. A small room had been walled off from the rest of the storehouse. Illuminated only by the natural light falling through the door, it was too dark to see well. The body lay in shadow, the ﬂoor around it cluttered with charred papyrus scrolls and the reddish shards of broken pottery storage jars. The dead man’s clothing was wet, as were the documents lying in the puddle around him. The smell was stronger here.
A priest has been found dead inside the sacred precinct. Murdered. ” Bak looked half around and saw the messenger, a youth of twelve or so years, glance at the procession. “If you can,” he added in a thin, hesitant voice. Amonked looked appalled. ” “Oh, no, sir. ” Looking apologetic, the boy added, “I tried ﬁrst to ﬁnd User, Overseer of Overseers of all the storehouses, but I had no luck. When I saw you and you weren’t in the procession . . Well, I thought . ” Amonked glanced toward his royal cousin, uncertainty on his face.
A man is dead, the boy told us. ” All eyes turned toward a priest, a tall, ﬁne-boned man no more than twenty years of age. His kilt was as dirty as all the rest. Clearly distraught, he clutched the bright blue faience amulet of a seated baboon, the lord Thoth, hanging from a chain around his neck and rubbed it between his thumb and foreﬁnger. “Yes, sir. ” He gulped air and clung to the amulet as if to life itself. “I was ﬁnishing a task before going out to watch the procession. I smelled smoke and came to look.
A Cruel Deceit by Lauren Haney