The Book of Chaos
Harper, Hardcover, 9780060765941, 352pp.
Publication Date: December 1, 2011
The future of Egypt lies in the hands of chief detective Rahotep in this final installment of Nick Drakes acclaimed ancient Egyptian trilogy.
King Tutankhamun has died without an heir, and his young widow, Queen Ankhesenamun, last of her dynasty, struggles to maintain power and order. To defeat her enemies, she has but one hope: to forge an alliance with the Hittites, a powerful, militant new empire that threatens Egypts supremacy.
The loyal Rahotep, chief detective of the Thebes Medjaythe ancient capitals elite police forceand his friend, the royal envoy Nakht, are sent on a clandestine mission to the Hittite homeland, to persuade the king to agree to a marriage between one of his sons and Ankhesenamuna union that would bring peace to the region and consolidate the queens power.
Back in Egypt, the nefarious General Horemheb is poised to use his army to impose martial law and destroy the dynasty. But he is not the only enemy vying for control. A mysterious and brutal new opium cartel has emerged within the criminal underworld of Thebes, ready to take over the lucrative black marketand, ultimately, the very heart of the government.
In this epic quest to the dark heart of the ancient world, Rahotep must also confront his own demons if he is to prevent the gathering forces of chaos from destroying Egypts greatest dynasty, and to return home in time to save his own family from the terror that threatens them all.
Based on a true story and meticulously researched, Egypt: The Book of Chaos brings to life the ancient world and the cradle of civilization in a riveting, suspenseful finale to Nick Drakes acclaimed trilogy.
Nick Drake is the author of Nefertiti and Tutankhamun, the first two books in the Rahotep detective trilogy. He has published two award-winning collections of poetry, and his play was performed at the National Theater in London. His screenplays include the critically acclaimed Romulus, My Father (starring Eric Bana), which won Best Film at the Australian Film Awards in 2007. He lives in London.
“This much can be stated with assurance: this novel will be a huge hit with fans of the series, of Egypt-themed mysteries, of period mysteries, of modern-day thrillers, and—what the heck—anyone not included in those groups.”
-Booklist (starred review)