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A Cruel Deceit by Lauren Haney

By Lauren Haney

To Honor The Gods Amid Treachery and DeathFrom everywhere, they've got come to the capital urban of Waset for the opulent dinner party of Opet-- sovereigns and supplicants, the pious and proud, accumulating for the eleven-day-long revelries. whereas greeting pals and fellow Medjay officials on the bustling harbor, Lieutenant Bak is distracted through 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 topic of Hittite politics -- till related murders ensue in the sacred precinct of the Lord Amon. although this urban isn't his personal, Bak eagerly is of the same opinion to help within the research. yet his made up our minds look for connections embroils him in a terrifying conspiracy that issues to the courtroom of Queen Hatshepsut herself. Untold others should be becoming a member of the ranks of the lifeless earlier than the villain is completed -- with Lieutenant Bak numbered between them.

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I’d received a disturbing message from Woserhet and thought to have you go with me when I met him. ” Bak gave him a sharp look. ” “Hapuseneb must shoulder many tasks through the length of the Beautiful Feast of Opet. As a result, he’ll be unavailable much of the time. He told me he’d given Woserhet a special assignment and asked me to be available should he need me. ” Amonked glanced at the kitten, his expression troubled. “I agreed and thought no more of it. ” Bak leaned against the low outer wall of the beautifully symmetrical building, indifferent to its rich reliefs of the ancient king and the lord Min.

She wouldn’t want to point a finger at herself. ” Kasaya shook his head in disgust. “A woman cut a man’s throat? ” Bak groaned inwardly. The pair’s squabbling seemed never to end. Fortunately neither took the other seriously and their friendship remained firm. “If she was angry enough . ” Hori turned to Bak. ” “She’s small and slight. ” Bak felt a trickle of sweat working its way down his breastbone, his mouth felt as dry as the desert, and his stomach as empty as the barren wastes. Tearing his thoughts from himself, he thought over his conversation with Ashayet.

Thanks to the lord Amon, it hadn’t yet gotten out of control and was confined to the one small room. On the floor mostly, burning some scrolls and . ” The words tailed off and he licked his lips, uneasy with the A CRUEL DECEIT 31 memory. “We dared not let it reach the roof for fear it would spread to the adjoining storage magazines. We keep aromatic oils in this block and if they were to catch fire . ” He had no need to explain further. A major conflagration might have resulted, sweeping through, at the very least, this sector of the sacred precinct.

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