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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Phillips Narrator: various narrators, Gianfranco Negroponte, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyl Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the bestselling author of Prague comes a witty, inventive, brilliantly constructed novel about an Egyptologist obsessed with finding the tomb of an apocryphal king. 

Just as Howard Carter unveils the tomb of Tutankhamun, making the most dazzling find in the history of archaeology, Oxford-educated Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush is digging himself into trouble, having staked his professional reputation—and his fiancée’s fortune—on a scrap of hieroglyphic pornography.

Meanwhile, a relentless Australian detective sets off on the case of his career, spanning the globe in search of a murderer. And another murderer. And possibly another murderer. The confluence of these seemingly separate stories results in an explosive ending, at once inevitable and utterly unpredictable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intricately built whodunit for the King Tut lover in all of us…When is the last time you encountered a contemporary writer with Philips’ far reaching intrests and easy facility with faraway places, faraway times.”


  • “Witty.”

    New Yorker

  • “A wonder, a work of imaginative prowess that more than fulfills the promise of Prague.

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Ambitious and funny and clever…Philips works beautifully with a theme he explored in Prague: the way people construct place.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The audacity of [Philips’] creation [is] as great as that of his protagonist’s and the success of it even greater.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A dense and witty novel, full of surprises and puzzles.”

    Providence Journal

  • “Brilliantly done.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Vastly entertaining.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Phillips proves himself once again to be a wildly creative storyteller.”


  • “Philips’ formidable research and witty prose make this on well worth your time.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Eana | 1/29/2014

    " from kerri, san juan del sur, in exchange for castaneda's journey to ixtlan to ryan "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barb Deshler | 1/25/2014

    " This one is really different. I enjoyed the twists, and trying to figure out just what happened, all the way to the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Laurie | 1/22/2014

    " The end of this book is good, but it was an ordeal to get there. It just went on and on, and there was little interesting for me to hold on to. I finished because I wanted to see how the author would wrap it up, but I only recommend this book if you really really love Egypt, or if you love books with unreliable narrators. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colin Hogan | 1/21/2014

    " This book is better in theory. A story of self invention constructed from all fictional primary sources written by unreliable and ridiculous narrators. Reading it, however, it was tedious, slow, and mostly predictable. I credit Phillips for his immense imagination in tackling a subject about which he is not overly familar, but even the mystery didn't help this book along. "

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About the Author

Arthur Phillips is the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Song is You, Prague, The Egyptologist, and others. Prague was named a New York Times Notable Book and received the Los Angeles Times/Art Seidenbaum Award for best first novel. His books Angelica and The Song Is You were both optioned for film, the former by Mitchell Lichtenstein and the latter by Focus Features. Phillips received his BA in history from Harvard University, and he had several occupations before becoming a novelist, including a speechwriter, a jazz musician, and a child actor; he is also a five-time Jeopardy! champion. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.