The Cairo Diary

Maxim Chattam

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British-occupied Cairo, 1928: Several young children have disappeared and were then found, horribly mutilated, in the tombs just outside the city. Panic is spreading among the locals after a cloaked giant is sighted. Has a ghoul from One Thousand and One Nights been brought to life? British inspector Jeremy Matheson follows the trail of the monster, which takes him into the depths of underground Cairo, as well as deep into his own tortured past.
            Mont-Saint-Michel, 2005: Marion has taken refuge in the wind-swept and remote monastery located on a spit of land on the west coast of France. In the wake of a scandal, caused by her own revelations, that is now reverberating through the French capital, she has been spirited away from Paris and brought here by the French Secret Service for her own protection. When she finds a diary dating from 1928 in the monastery library, penned by Jeremy Matheson and hidden inside the jacket of an Edgar Allan Poe book, she is inexorably pulled into the past as she follows his investigation. Soon she feels she is being watched, and taunting notes and riddles urge her to give back what is not hers. Could one of the brothers or sisters at the monastery be behind this? And who is the old man Marion befriends?
            The two stories intertwine and culminate in an absolutely baffling climax in this cinematic bestselling thriller from France. Meticulously researched and fast-paced, The Cairo Diary is a stunning mystery.
 

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Chapter One
Paris, November 2005
Paris was muttering angrily.
A storm of indignation was shaking the entire city. The thunder of public rallies battered the fronts of Haussmann’s buildings, echoing through the alleyways on the great boulevards, until it reached the ministers.
A leaden sky had lain across the roofs since the scandal began, strangling the capital like a too-tight scarf.
Never had France known a November like it: so icy and yet so electric.
The press had been dining out on it for the last three weeks; certain journalists went as far as stating that November

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“Maxim Chattam’s The Cairo Diary gives us memorable portraits of both contemporary, storm-tossed Mont-Saint-Michel and sepia-toned 1920s Cairo in a marvelously atmospheric thriller. The tale climaxes, as two stories converge, with a startling double-twist ending that leaves the reader more than a little off-balance but hankering for more.”
—Susanne Alleyn, author of Game of Patience and A Far Better Rest
 
“Two extraordinary tales, seamlessly woven into a single, chilling tapestry by a master weaver of yarns.”
—Peter May, author of The Firemaker and The Fourth Sacrifice
 
“One of the best contemporary thriller authors . . . there is a toughness to his stories, a truth to his characters, and a writing style that, even though it flirts with the fantastical, always stays realistic.Chattam knows how to make the most of his readers’ fears and phobias”
Le Monde
 
Maxime Chattam will haunt your nights for a long time to come.”
La Voix du Nord

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Maxim Chattam

After stints as an actor, night watchman, and bookseller, Maxim Chattam studied criminology in Paris. He is also the author of several plays, a well-received trilogy, The Soul of Evil, In Darkness, and Evil Spells, as well as the recently released thriller The Mysteries of Chaos. He lives in Poissy, France.

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The Cairo Diary
Maxim Chattam

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
December 2013
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ISBN: 9781466861466
ISBN10: 1466861460
352 pages
$7.99
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