In Nick Drake’s Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead, Rahotep, a detective in ancient Egypt, really has the Pharaoh breathing down his neck on this one: He has 10 days to find the missing Queen Nefertiti, or he and his family will be executed.
Live brain extraction through the nostrils.
Drake’s period pageantry and anachronistic noir nihilism — ”Only the gods are immortal. And they do not exist” — are marred by mummy-stiff writing and a plot that’s as murky as the Nile. C+