Cairo, 1912. The Pasha receives an unexpected gift. When opened, however, the box contains an unwelcome jolt from the past--one which connects with practices long thought dead. At the same time, a little girl is discovered riding under a train from Luxor--and the Mamur Zapt, Head of the Khedive's Secret Police, is called in to investigate.… (more)
Gareth Cadwallader Owen, the Mamur Zapt, Head of the Khedive's Secret Police, was sitting in his office, the blinds drawn against the sun, grappling with the latest misdeeds of the Brotherhood, when Nikos, his official clerk, came in looking pale.
But he could see that also in the boat were hens running loose, chicks in a hamper, an old woman with about ten baskets, two small boys and a very, very old man who probably couldn't walk very far, and Owen thought that occasionally there was still something to be said for the old ways.