Egypt 2153 BC Eighty priests set out under cover of darkness into the western desert, taking with them a mysterious object swathed in cloth.
Four weeks later, having reached their destination, they calmly slit each other's throats...
Albania, 1986 A plane takes off from a remote airfield, bound for the Sudan.
On board a cargo that will forever change the Middle East.
Somewhere over the Sahara the plane disappears... The western desert, the present day A group of Bedouin discover a mummified corpse half-buried in the dunes.
With it are a roll of camera film and a miniature clay obelisk inscribed with a curious hieroglyphic sign...
Three unconnected events Or so it seems until Freya Hannen arrives in Egypt for the funeral of her sister, a desert explorer who has inexplicably taken her own life... For Freya it is the start of a terrifying, life-or-death adventure - one that will lead her and Egyptologist Flin Brodie deep into the forbidding wastes of the Sahara.
Their goal: one of archaeology's greatest mysteries and the astonishing secret at its heart...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 656 pages, 2 b & w maps and line illustration
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/11/2009
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780553818734