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 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 Allen Poe book, she is inexorably pulled into the past as she is being watched, and taunting notes and riddles urge her to give back what is not hers. . .
`One of the best contemporary thriller authors' Le Monde
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Praise for "The Cairo Diary""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"
About 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.
The Cairo Diary by Maxim Chattam
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