Title YEAR OF THE HYENAS: A NOVEL OF MURDER IN ANCIENT EGYPT.
Publisher Simon & Schuster, New York, 2005, first edition.
Seller ID 21068
291 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 074325080X The author's first novel. "From the oldest known court transcripts in history, Egyptologists have long known about the mysterious death of Ramses III, involving intrigue, am bition, greed, and crimes of passion on a huge, though hidden, scale. In (this book), Brad Geagley takes this event - a struggle that nearly brought ancient Egypt to its knees - as the backdrop for a story that is every bit as captivating a s t h e d i stant civilization it resurrects. At the heart of the novel is Semerket, the so-called Clerk of Investigations and Secrets, a detecive half-paralyzed by problems of his own, with a reputation for heavy drinking and tactless behavior t ow a rd s th e g re at, the powerful, and the holy, a kind of Sam Spade of the ancient world, deeply (and dangerously) addicted to the truth. Hard-bitten, deeply flawed, he is retained by the authorities to investigate what is considered an ins ign ifi ca nt mu rde r of an elderly, insignificant Theban priestess. They fail to inform him, however, that they don't expect him to solve the case. In fact, they don't want him to...." A few tiny marks on free rear endpaper, minor wrinkling as t to p/bo tto m o f s pine , min or edge soiling. Dust jacket has some minor edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very Good+