Egypt: The Book of Chaos (Rahotep Series #3)

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King Tutankhamun has died without an heir, and the future of Egypt lies in the hands of chief detective Rahotep.

Following the death of the boy king, Queen Ankhesenamun has but one hope of keeping her enemies at bay: she must forge an alliance with the Hittites, a new and powerful militant empire that threatens Egypt's supremacy. To this end, she dispatches loyal Rahotep—chief detective of the ancient capital's elite police force—on a clandestine mission to persuade the Hittite ...

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King Tutankhamun has died without an heir, and the future of Egypt lies in the hands of chief detective Rahotep.

Following the death of the boy king, Queen Ankhesenamun has but one hope of keeping her enemies at bay: she must forge an alliance with the Hittites, a new and powerful militant empire that threatens Egypt's supremacy. To this end, she dispatches loyal Rahotep—chief detective of the ancient capital's elite police force—on a clandestine mission to persuade the Hittite king to agree to a marriage between one of his sons and the widowed Queen.

With the nefarious General Horemheb poised to use his army to impose martial law on Egypt and a brutal new opium cartel emerging within the criminal underworld, it will fall to Rahotep to prevent the gathering forces of chaos from destroying Egypt's greatest dynasty. But first he must confront his own demons if he is to save his family from the terror that threatens them all.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British author Drake’s dramatic finish to his trilogy set in ancient Egypt is every bit the equal of its standout predecessors, Nefertiti and Tutankhamun. The 18th dynasty remains in jeopardy as the head of Egypt’s armies, General Horemheb, poses a threat to Tutankhamun’s widow, Ankhesenamun, who has limited political support. In a desperate gambit, the young Egyptian queen dispatches Rahotep, a police detective once known as “the best Seeker of Mysteries” in Thebes, to the land of the Hittites, the country’s bitterest enemies, to persuade their ruler to marry one of his sons to her. To make the hazardous journey, Rahotep must break a promise to his family and set aside a search for a killer “strangely skilled at beheading teenage Nubian boys.” Everything works, from the dogged but flawed hero to the seamless melding of the murder inquiry with the larger political intrigue. (Dec.)
Booklist (starred review)
“This much can be stated with assurance: this novel will be a huge hit with fans of the series, of Egypt-themed mysteries, of period mysteries, of modern-day thrillers, and—what the heck—anyone not included in those groups.”
Booklist
"This much can be stated with assurance: this novel will be a huge hit with fans of the series, of Egypt-themed mysteries, of period mysteries, of modern-day thrillers, and—what the heck—anyone not included in those groups."
Kirkus Reviews
Ancient Egypt's chief detective undertakes a secret mission away from home just as the government at Thebes is inconveniently in turmoil. A disturbing tide of violence in Thebes leaves chief detective Rahotep, who narrates in crisp first person, a bit disillusioned. The murder and decapitation of several Nubian boys have given him a severe case of insomnia. Rahotep also works occasionally as a bodyguard for his wealthy friend Nakht, who fails to lift him from his dark mood. Things go from bad to worse with the abrupt death of the young Pharaoh, King Tutankhamun. In her struggle to hold her newfound power, his widow, Queen Ankhesenamun, reminds Rahotep of his close bond with her mother and his promise of protection. She sends him on a secret mission north with Nakht to persuade Suppiluliuma, the King of the Hitties, to sanction the marriage of one of his sons to the Egyptian Queen. Rahotep's daughters entreat him not to go, and with reason. The arduous trip involves nearly two weeks of daily northward travel. His adventure leads to the murder of one of his friends, who is a member of his caravan and, as the result of a papyrus left in the victim's mouth, the discovery of a dangerous opium ring. Maps, a cast list and quotations from The Book of the Dead are welcome accouterments to Drake's third Rahotep mystery (Tutankhamun: The Book of Shadows, 2010, etc.). It moves a bit slowly into the realm of mystery but offers a consistently fascinating and believable portrait of ancient Egypt.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780552152464
  • Publisher: Black Swan Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012
  • Series: Rahotep Series , #3

Meet the Author

Nick Drake is the author of Nefertiti and Tutankhamun, the first two books in the Rahotep detective trilogy. He has published two award-winning collections of poetry, and his play was performed at the National Theater in London. His screenplays include the critically acclaimed Romulus, My Father (starring Eric Bana), which won Best Film at the Australian Film Awards in 2007. He lives in London.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    Highly imaginitive!

    Set during the time of pharoahs and culturally/historically accurate up to a point, this setting for a murder/mystery is great. All three books: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, and Egypt, are interesting and exciting. A very different genre from the usual detective/mystery story. I recommend them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    highly recommend

    I like the feel this author creates of egypt in ancient time.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    Different Take on Well Kmowm Stories

    The detective as protagonist is not new, of course, but I think it is a first for us Egyptophiles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 26, 2014

    Deathheart

    Nods. "Y..yes Master."

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    Sera

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    Found GOA's camp there going to attack u dont no wen but they will

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    Technetium

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    Posted March 21, 2013

    Death

    Killed a kit and a queen gasped raked her flank and jumped and brings her down

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    Posted March 17, 2013

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    Posted March 18, 2013

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    Icetail

    A small white shecat padded in. May i join as deputy?(i might not post back for a little while, i gotta go to the store with my mom.)

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    Can I join?

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    Timekit and Jetkit

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