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By Lauren Haney

A vile rumor sweeps around the desolate tract like a quickly collecting sandstorm: Queen Hatshepsut plans to disband a lot of her frontier military and rework its fortresses into storehouses. the arriving of Amonked—the Queen's cousin and Storekeeper of Amon—at the town of Buhen convinces an uneasy Lieutenant Bak of the Medjay police that the whisperings that experience alarmed the population are actual. Then, an afternoon after Amonked inspects the neighborhood garrison and departs, a physique is located stabbed in the home the place he and his occasion rested. The slain guy used to be a neighborhood prince, cherished via his humans, so Bak travels upriver to affix the caravan and examine. although not anything tangible connects Amonked and his humans to the heinous act, Bak's inquiry quickly sheds a anxious mild on an inexplicable crime. For the clues recommend that twisted honor and vengeance lie at its root . . . and a stunning mystery, secure via homicide and silence, which can itself silence the truth—and Bak—for eternity.

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A few animals dozed on their feet, the rest milled around, too fretful to settle down. The fine dust stirred up by their hooves, the stench of fresh manure, and the harsh odor of the fodder made Bak sneeze. ” he asked, not expecting an answer. ” “Amonked won’t listen to two sergeants, or anyone else for that matter. ” Bak waved off a fly buzzing around his head. “They could go as drovers, I suppose, keeping their true task a secret. Seshu can certainly use their help. ” Nebwa planted his backside against the wall, picked up a length of yellow straw, and stuck it in the corner of his mouth.

Amonked’s voice grew curt. “I plan to inspect Buhen tomorrow. ” Thuty’s expression was hard, his tone at its most autocratic. ” Evidently recalling the commandant’s status, Amonked formed a stiff smile, tempering the rudeness. “As much as I’d enjoy your company, sir, you cannot travel with us. Maatkare Hatshepsut has ordered that no man be allowed to influence my final decision. ” Color flooded Thuty’s face. His mouth snapped shut, suppressing fury. He took a deep breath, controlling himself, and leaned forward toward Amonked to accent his words.

Nebwa snorted. ” The young women must have thought the accompanying frown directed at them, for they ducked into the side lane. The two men stepped apart, letting the goose lead her brood up the street between them, and continued on to the guardhouse, the back half of which was unoccupied, badly in need of repair. With Nebwa a pace or two behind, Bak strode through the door. He paused just inside, halted by 34 A CURSE OF SILENCE 35 the silence. For the first time since the Medjay police had occupied the building, the clatter of knucklebones had ceased.

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