The Mouth of the Crocodile: A Mamur Zapt Mystery Set in Pre-World War I Egypt (First World Publication)

Michael Pearce (Author)
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Description

"A lovingly detailed portrait of Egypt during the Great War. The result is a bit like a police procedural reimagined by Douglas Adams" Kirkus Reviews on The Bride Box
Atbara, Sudan, 1913. A dead man is fished out of the River Nile. An accident - or something more sinister? A visiting Pasha from the Royal Household believes it was murder - and that he himself was the intended target. He insists that the Mamur Zapt, Head of the Khedive's Secret Police, escorts him on his return train journey to Cairo, for protection. It's to be an eventful voyage. Matters take an unexpected turn when the train is stranded in the desert following a sandstorm. With the help of English schoolboy Jamie Nicholson, the Mamur Zapt pursues his investigations, convinced that at least one of his fellow passengers has a secret to hide. And what was the Pasha really doing in that remote corner of the Sudan? Could the Mamur Zapt's deepest fears be true? Could he really be about to uncover a conspiracy against the British?

Product Details

Price
$28.95  $26.06
Publisher
Severn House Publishers
Publish Date
March 01, 2015
Pages
208
Dimensions
4.3 X 0.9 X 9.9 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780727884633

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About the Author

Michael Pearce grew up in the (then) Anglo-Egyptian Sudan among the political and other tensions he draws on for his books. He returned there later to teach and retains a human rights interest in the area. His career has followed the standard academic rake's progress from teaching to writing to administration. He finds international politics a pallid imitation of academic ones.

Reviews

"This variation on the snowbound train full of suspicious characters is nicely done"--Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"High-risk adventure, with the Mamur Zapt"--Kirkus Reviews
"An excellent book in an outstanding series that belongs in all good mystery collections"--Booklist