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A Face Turned Backward [Mass Market Paperback]

Lauren Haney
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Jan. 1 1999

The many and mighty deities of Egypt must be given their due. All commerce is conducted under the watchful eyes of the functionaries of the great Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut. Death faces any and all who could rob the royal hose of Kemet of its rightful share. Lieutenant Bak, commander of the Medjay police, willingly accepts his assignment to search all Nile River traffic for contraband -- for rumors are rife of valuable elephant tusks passing unlawfully from the south to the north. But greed has spawned death, hideous and unexpected, and someone who would become rich illegally is dealing in far more than precious ivory. Whoever threatens to expose a lethal cache of secrets will not live to see a new dawn -- and loyal Bak could be the next, as he heads relentlessly toward a grim confrontation, a shocking revelation, and very possible doom in the realm of the dead.

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Lieutenant Bak and his Medjay police at Buhen fortress?southern Egypt during the 18th Dynasaty?are called in to investigate the stabbing of farmer Penhet. The likely suspect, according to the wife, is Penhet's neighbor, Netermose, who swears his innocence. While at the crime scene, Bak and his second, Imsiba, are summoned to Commandant Thuty's office. Goods are moving up the Nile without the appropriate fees being paid, and a large ivory tusk has disappeared. Bak and his men must inspect all incoming and outgoing shipments. The stew thickens when the investigators discover an abandoned, cargoless ship and hear rumors of sightings of a headless man. The plot is fairly simple and, as all good detectives throughout the ages, Bak solves his case with wits and careful investigation. Haney (The Right Hand of Amon) makes up for what is otherwise a fairly routine story with colorful characters and glimpses of daily life and romance in this ancient world.
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"Elizabeth Peters and Lynda S. Robinson will need to 'move over' to make room for Lauren Haney. . .I'm sure the author will gain a legion of fans." -- KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt

"A pleasure. . .Haney's Egyptian police lieutenant is appealing, sympathetic, and totally convincing in a setting drawn with expert skill." -- Dr. Barbara Mertz

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1.0 out of 5 stars A grave disappointment May 19 2002
By L.Lacey
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reading this book I expected to feel the flavor of ancient Egypt and was very disappointed. As much as Haney loves Egypt she fails to convey this in her book. The Elizabeth Peters books, written in a completely different time period at least portray some ideas of ancient Egypt. Haney's characters seem shallow and the dialogue sounds more like modern American than Egyptian. I had a difficult time "enjoying" the story line as I had to continually fight with the dialogue and lifestyle descriptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life and Death in Ancient Egypt Sept. 6 2001
By Arahila - Published on Amazon.com
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Haney combines a character who must rely on his wits and instincts with a vivid picture of daily life in Kemet. Lt Bak is a common man and moves among people of a different strata than Robinson's Lord Meren making her series a good counter point to the former.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've read... June 29 2000
By "xboingox" - Published on Amazon.com
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A Face Turned Backward had my attention all the way through. I couldn't put it down. It's a strong follow-up to the Right Hand of Amon. This book should not be passed by! If you even remotely liked Right Hand of Amon, get A Face Turned Backward, you won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love ancient Egypt, you'll love Lauren Haney! Jan. 12 1999
By Biography Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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Another great book from Lauren Haney who is quickly becoming the best ancient Egyptian mystery writer since Anton Gill quit his series. If you are fascinated by details of daily life of the common folk during the reign of Hatshepsut well mixed in with a good mystery, this is the book for you. And if you are a minor bureaucrat in a modern City of Cubicles (whether public or private sector), you will find great comfort in knowing that your ancient brethern had the same problems! Bravo to Ms. Haney for giving us good scholarship well integrated into a good story with characters who are both realistic and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dec 28 1998
By Pam - Published on Amazon.com
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More, please. Lieutenant Bak and his cohorts have many mysteries with which to contend. The characters which people these books are very enjoyable. Enough history for those who enjoy it, mixed with human interaction.
I am interested in more about Lieutenant Bak's background as a charioteer and what he did to be sentenced to the Belly of Stones.
I recommend this to all who enjoy historical fiction set in Ancient Egypt.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun mystery series March 23 2007
By gilly8 - Published on Amazon.com
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Lt Bak, an Egyptian charioteer who somehow got in trouble with Pharoah Hatshepsut, is in charge of an army command of Medjay, who were, in actuality, the traditional police force of ancient Egypt. They were of pure African ancestry, but had absorbed into Egyptian culture and religion, and guarded forts along the frontier (in this series) as well as doing police work all through the empire. They were highly admired and considered loyal beyond question.

This series is not as strong as the Lord Meren series of Lynda Robinson but still enjoyable. First of series (I think) (Don't you wish publishers would NUMBER these series!!!)
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