Death of an Effendi

Death of an Effendi

by Michael Pearce

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It's 1909, and Cairo is the murder capital of the world. Deaths are two a piastre. But the death of an effendi is something different. Effendis--the Egyptian elite--are important. Especially if they happen to be foreign.

When effendi Tvardovsky is shot at a gathering of financiers in Crocodilopolis, the ancient City of the Crocodiles, Mamur Zapt Gareth Owen--Chief of Cairo's Secret Police--is called in to investigate. In some countries, if someone goes for a walk or a boat ride with the Head of the Secret Police and doesn't come back, it's best not to ask any questions. And there are powerful people who might prefer Tvardovsky dead.

There are still crocodiles--of all kinds--in Egypt. And when the crocodiles start cooperating, it's time to really watch out....

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157452117
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date: 04/17/2017
Series: Mamur Zapt Mysteries , #12
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 186
Sales rank: 311,172
File size: 146 KB

About the Author

Michael Pearce grew up in the (then) Anglo-Egyptian Sudan among the political and other tensions he draws on for his books. He returned there later to teach and retains a human rights interest in the area. His career has followed the standard academic rake’s progress from teaching to writing to administration. He finds international politics a pallid imitation of academic ones.

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Death of an Effendi 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a Russian financier is killed during a hunting party in the Delta, Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt (chief of the secret police) must sort through motives both political and personal to find the shooter. I listened to this one on audio while driving, and I think that was a mistake. The combination of Russian and Egyptian names, and my unfamiliarity with the structure of Egyptian society and government in the Edwardian era made it difficult for me to follow in that format. The easiest plot thread to follow, involving Owen's romance with a headstrong Egyptian woman, was also the most annoying. His girlfriend is extremely jealous, and I found her frequent tantrums tiresome. I'll try another one from this series in print before I give up on it. I think it would be a good idea to start at the beginning of the series, too.