Nefertiti by Nick Drake
The Book of the Dead

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She is Nefertiti—beautiful and revered. With her husband, Akhenaten, she rules over Egypt, the most affluent, formidable, sophisticated empire in the ancient world. But an epic power struggle is afoot, brought on by the royal couple's inauguration of an enlightened new religion and the construction of a magnificent new capital. The priests are stunned by the abrupt forfeiture of their traditional wealth and influence; the people resent the loss of their gods—and the army is enraged by the growing turbulence around them. Then, just days before the festival that will celebrate the new capital, Nefertiti vanishes.

Rahotep, the youngest chief detective in the Thebes division, has earned a reputation for his unorthodox yet effective methods. Entrusted by great Akhenaten himself with a most secret investigation, Rahotep has but ten days to find the missing Queen. If he succeeds, he will bask in the warmth of Akhenaten's favor. But if Rahotep fails, he and his entire family will die.

 

About Nick Drake

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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.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 354 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An ancient detective must find a missing queen or die.

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Rai Rehotap, the complex sleuth of this excellent mystery debut from British poet and playwright Drake (The Man in the White Suit ), is very much a creature of hi

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Rai Rehotap, the complex sleuth of this excellent mystery debut from British poet and playwright Drake (The Man in the White Suit ), is very much a creature of his time—ancient Egypt—but is possessed of investigative instincts that will be familiar to readers of classic whodunits.

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Examiner

You have a beautiful queen who is missing and instead you put a guy in what looks like some blurry Franciscan monk?) It might be a little too heavy handed to read poolside, but would make a good read while sitting outside enjoying a relaxing summer twilight into evening.

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Book Reporter

If Rahotep is not successful in locating the Queen and producing.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Nick Drake's Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead, Rahotep, a detective in ancient Egypt, really has the Pharaoh breathing down his neck on this one: He has 10 days to find the missing Queen Nefertiti, or he and his family will be executed.

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Historical Novel Society

The Queen, ‘The Perfect One’, vanishes just before the festival at their new city to celebrate the new religion worshipping Aten, the Sun God, which she and Akhenaten have founded.

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Historical Novel Society

The mystery itself is handled implausibly, with the villain’s actions being antithetical to his stated goal, and the resolution of the queen’s disappearance handled in a completely anticlimactic manner.

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Monsters and Critics

Rahotep is the youngest chief detective of the Thebes division.

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