Cairo, 1909. The murder capital of the world, where deaths are two a piastre. But the death of an effendi? That is something different.
Effendis, the Egyptian elite, are important. Especially if, in a country ruled by foreigners, they happen to be foreign. Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt, is called in to investigate. But is he the right man to be investigating?
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 questions. And powerful people might have preferred Tvardovsky dead.
As the maverick financier said, before going on the shooting party, there were still crocodiles in Egypt. Of all kinds. And perhaps the place to look for them was Crocodilopolis, the ancient City of the Crocodiles, where the financiers were to hold their meeting. It is when the crocodiles start co-operating, said Tvardovsky, that you really have to watch out....
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He paid a lot of attention to details during that period in Egypt, and as an Egyptian I recognised many details he diligently sited. But with all the names and twists it was a bit confusing. I can imagine how much more confusing it would be to an non Egyptian.
Yes it was fine. Carried the story through well.
No. It wasn't gripping enough.
The use of many Arabic words and names might put off a lot of readers as it throws the flow of the events off. I would suggest concentrating more on the actual plot.
not very exciting