A Face Turned Backward by Lauren Haney

By Lauren Haney

Homicide AND GREED within the historical LAND OF AMON

The many and effective deities of Egypt has to be given their due. All trade is carried out below the watchful eyes of the functionaries of the good Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut. loss of life faces any and all who may perhaps rob the royal hose of Kemet of its rightful proportion. Lieutenant Bak, commander of the Medjay police, willingly accepts his project to look all Nile River site visitors for contraband -- for rumors are rife of worthy elephant tusks passing unlawfully from the south to the north. yet greed has spawned dying, hideous and unforeseen, and somebody who may develop into wealthy illegally is dealing in excess of valuable ivory. Whoever threatens to show a deadly cache of secrets and techniques won't stay to work out a brand new sunrise -- and dependable Bak may be the subsequent, as he heads relentlessly towards a grim war of words, a stunning revelation, and extremely attainable doom within the realm of the dead.

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A villager, maybe, or one of the truant sailors. Inside the paddock, flies buzzed around several greenish piles of manure whose smell blended with the odor of the animals and the tangy scent of hay. A tame crow hopped along the wall, its hoarse cry a demand for food or attention. From where Bak sat, the village looked much as it had from the river: a few poor houses reached by narrow, dusty lanes giving access to doorways leading into dark, airless rooms. Three small, naked children, one with his thumb in his mouth, peered down from a rooftop.

He looked like a man who expected to be pelted by rotten melons—or in this case by the shrieks and claws of an infuriated woman. ” Imsiba asked. ” Netermose looked surprised and then perplexed. “He didn’t have it with him, yet we were to go…” His voice tailed off, lost as the document seemed to be. Could Penhet have had second thoughts about the agreement, Bak wondered, and decided to leave it behind? He walked to the prayer niche and removed the jar. Returning to his stool, he tipped it upside down.

Who could blame her for fearing she too might become disposable? The moaning of the wind ceased. The flames of the lamps A FACE TURNED BACKWARD / 19 burned tall and untroubled. The reed mats covering doors and windows hung straight and quiet. Sand trickled through a hole in the mat atop the stairs, the whisper of its fall audible in the silence. The storm had passed. Bak crossed the room to stand before the woman. “I must take you to Buhen, Mistress Rennefer, and there you’ll stand before the commandant.

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