Nefertiti is the most powerful, charismatic and beautiful Queen of the ancient world. With her husband, Akhenaten, she rules over an Empire at the peak of its glory and domination. Together, they have built a magnificent new city in the desert on the banks of the Nile. They are about to host kings, dignitaries and leaders from around the Empire for a vast festival to celebrate their triumph. But suddenly, Nefertiti vanishes. Rahotep is the youngest chief detective of the Thebes division; a 'Seeker of Mysteries' who knows about shadows and darkness, and who can see patterns where others cannot. His unusual talents earn him a summons to the royal court. Rahotep is given ten days to find the Queen and return her in time for the festival. Success will bring glory - but if he fails, he and his young family will die ...Closely based on historical research, "Nefertiti" tells the hidden story of the crimes, mysteries and secrets of the dark game of power played out against the vast panorama of a society in revolution.
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An ancient detective must find a missing queen or die.Ceremonious narrator Rai Rahotep, chief detective of the Thebes Medjay division (the mercenary group that guards the Egyptian royalty), is summoned under a cloud of secrecy to the palace of King Akhenaten. Before he even meets the king, Rahotep is assigned three palace colleagues, the imperious and power-hungry Mahu and two earnest Medjay officers, Khety and Tjenry. The Perfect One, aka Queen Nefertiti, has vanished without a trace a week before the capital's inauguration festival, a grand celebration that includes the unveiling of many glorious projects. Gossip is already beginning to leak out of the closed circle of palace society. Because the queen's absence could undermine both the fete and the empire, Rahotep is commanded to find her or be killed, along with his family. The duplicitous Mahu becomes a constant thorn in his side. The search seems over almost before it's begun when a body, dressed in Nefertiti's clothes and fitting her description, is found by the river with its face eaten away. The fact that it is not the queen is a relief, but also evidence of a devilish plot. Worse, Tjenry is found soon after efficiently murdered and drained of blood.This debut novel by award-winning poet Drake (The Man in the White Suit, 2000) begins a proposed Rahotep trilogy with clean, elegant prose and a pervasive aura of suspense. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Nick Drake
Nick Drake was born in 1961. He is an award-winning poet and screenwriter. He is also Literary Associate at the National Theatre.