Will Boisvert
March 30, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Nefertiti:The Book of the Dead

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Nick Drake
publisher
HarperCollins
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a C+

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.

Grisliest Death
Live brain extraction through the nostrils.

Lowdown
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+

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