A Cruel Deceit
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A Cruel Deceit (Lieutenant Bak #6)

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From far and wide, they have come to the capital city of Waset for the opulent Feast of Opet-- sovereigns and supplicants, the pious and proud, gathering for the eleven-day-long revelries. While greeting friends and fellow Medjay officers at the bustling harbor, Lieutenant Bak is distracted by foul murder, the discovery of the body of a Hittite horse trader, his throat sav...more
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Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 1st 2002)
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Lieutenant Bak is here for a sixth book of solving mysteries in ancient Egypt.
In this book the festival of Opet has taken the lieutenant to the capital of Waset. When two murders take place, one a Hittite horse trader and the other an auditor, he is asked to help find the murderer.
I am not sure exactly what draws me to these books, whether it is the love of a good mystery, a fascination with ancient Egypt or great characters but I keep coming back to them, even if it does take a few years.
Bak finds the body of a man with a slashed throat, among his agitated horses. Periodically, merchant Maruwa would bring a cargo of Hittite horses to raise the quality of Pharaoh's stables, but this time he never had time to set foot on land. This is the capitol city, not under Bak's jurisdiction, and the murder that Bak is itching to investigate belongs to the young harbormaster.

Once the case begins to spread into the Temple of Amon complex, Pharoah's cousin Amonked fulfills Bak's wish and assig...more
A long-awaited festival is underway. It has brought the co-rulers of Egypt, Hatshepsut and her nephew Thutmose, to participate in the grand procession honoring the god Amon. But in the midst of the merrymaking, a murder most foul occurs, and Lieutenant Bak and his Medjays are brought in to assist with the investigation, even though it is outside their jurisdiction. Then another murder and another put a blight on the activities of the Feast. Are the murders related, even though the victims seem t...more
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This is a pseudonym for Betty Winkelman.

Lauren Haney, a former technical editor in the aerospace and international construction industries, is the author of several ancient Egyptian mysteries featuring Lieutenant Bak. She lives in Sante Fe, New Mexico, and travels to Egypt at every opportunity.

Haney's novels have been published in German, English and French, and in the Czech Republic. The german e...more
More about Lauren Haney...
The Right Hand of Amon (Lieutenant Bak, #1) A Face Turned Backward (Lieutenant Bak, #2) A Curse of Silence (Lieutenant Bak, #4) A Vile Justice (Lieutenant Bak, #3) A Place of Darkness (Lieutenant Bak, #5)

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