Phillips has followed up his debut novel Prague (also recommended at BookBrowse) with something completely different. The story is set in the early 1920s and told primarily in the form of letters and journal entries from the key protagonists, who include a more than usually strange English Egyptologist by the name of Ralph Trilipush, and Harold Ferrell, an Australian detective, who believes Trilipush maybe implicated in the death of another Egyptologist. As Kirkus Reviews writes 'this is a suave, elegant novel, replete with sinuously composed sentences and delicious wordplay....Phillips' formidable research and witty prose make this one well worth your time. He's quite possibly a major novelist in the making.'
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