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Arthur Phillips’ first novel, Prague, was a US national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, recipient of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and was translated into seven languages. Phillips lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

The Egyptologist

Arthur Phillips

A tour de force of plotting ... one of the most horrendously, hideously humorous endings in modern fiction. It will knock you outWashington Post

’I’ll be reading Arthur Phillip’s wonderful comic novel/detective story The Egyptologist for a second time, because the scattered clues only make sense in the last few pages’’ Christopher Frayling The Guardian'

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Just as Howard Carter unveils the tomb of Tutankhamun, making the most dazzling find in the history of archaeology, 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. Transporting the reader on a dazzling journey from the desert plains of 1920s Egypt, to the slums of Australia to the ballrooms of Boston by way of Oxford, the battlefields of the First World War, and a royal court in turmoil, The Egyptologist is a tour de force – explosive, unpredictable and, above all, un-put-downable.

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