The Mamur Zapt and the Donkey-Vous by Michael Pearce

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Captain Owen, the head of Egypt's Political CID in the heyday of British rule, must solve the mysterious disappearance of two British hotel guests before the crimes destroy the tourism industry in Egypt.
 

About Michael Pearce

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Michael Pearce lives in London and is the author of fourteen Mamur Zapt novels, including The Mamur Zapt and the Spoils of Egypt, for which he was awarded the Crime Writers' Association's prestigious Last Laugh Award.
 
Published July 1, 1992 by Mysterious Press. 265 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Against the background of the hereditary Khedive's dithering over the choice of a new Prime Minister, a wave of (mostly ineffectual) attacks on civil servants--just maybe acts of low-level terrorism- -leads David Cadwallader Owen, the Mamur Zapt of colonial Cairo, to investigate Ali Osman Pasha, ...

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The problem- -how did French contractor Octave Moulin disappear from the crowded terrace at Shepheard's Hotel without anyone noticing (and who kidnapped him, and why)?--is more interesting than before, and the mystification better focused, without any loss to Pearce's deft background portraits: f...

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The fifth case (after The Mamur Zapt and the Men Behind) for Captain Garth Owen, head of the British police force in Cairo in the first decade of the 20th century, is less exciting than its volatile setting suggests.

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British author Pearce again masterfully blends period detail and a compelling plot in his eighth mystery, set in Colonial Egypt, to feature Captain Gareth Owen, the head of Cairo's secret police (aka the Mamur Zapt).

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First met in The Mamur Zapt and the Return of the Carpet , Captain Gareth Owen is a colonial police officer in British-controlled Cairo.

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In Pearce's latest entertaining historical (after 2003's The Snake Catcher's Daughter), set in 1908 colonial Egypt, Captain Gareth Owen, aka the Mamur Zapt who heads the British secret police, tackles two problems.

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As head of the British secret police in Cairo in 1908, Captain Cadwallader Owen is called the Mamur Zapt.

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