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Nile Shadows (The Jerusalem Quartet #3)

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On a clear night in 1942 a hand grenade exploded in a Cairo slum, killing one man instantly. That man is Stern, an obscure gunrunner and morphine addict whose death should be of no significance during the darkest days of the century. In the Western Desert the Germans are advancing from victory to victory, and Rommel's powerful Afrika Corps is threatening to overrun Egypt a ...more
Paperback, 478 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Old Earth Books (first published 1983)
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Matt Brady
Instead of the huge sweep of the Sinai Tapestry or Jerusalem Poker, Nile Shadows zeroes in one one particular time and place and tells a spy versus spy (versus spies) story in 1942 Cairo, with Rommel’s seemingly unstoppable armies looming menacingly on the horizon, and a mood of apocalyptic despair or delighted anticipation hanging over the city, depending on your outlook. It’s definitely the most, uh, novelistic of Whittemore’s novels that I’ve read, if that makes sense, but it doesn’t lack tha ...more
Jay Daze
"So it strikes me there are no commonplace people in the crowd, said Joe, and no innocents in the game of life really. We all seem to be double and triple agents with unknown sources and unsuspected lines of control, reporting a little here and a little there as we try to manage our secret networks of feeling and doing, our own little complex networks of life..." (Chp 18, 'Crypt/Mirror', 336-7)

Nile Shadows is a sort of Heart of Darkness/Citizen Kane, where Joe O'Sullivan Beare is brought in by a
I can tell this book and I aren't going to get along.
John Robinson
Good. Not as good as Jerusalem Poker, but still...quite good.
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Edward Whittemore (1933–1995) graduated from Yale University in 1955 and went on to serve as a Marine officer in Japan and spend ten years as a CIA operative in the Far East, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition to writing fiction, he managed a newspaper in Greece, was employed by a shoe company in Italy, and worked in New York City’s narcotics control office during the administration of Mayor ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Jerusalem Quartet (4 books)
  • Sinai Tapestry (The Jerusalem Quartet, #1)
  • Jerusalem Poker (The Jerusalem Quartet, Volume 2)
  • Jericho Mosaic  (The Jerusalem Quartet, Volume 4)

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