By James Patterson, Martin Dugard
Seeing that 1922, whilst Howard Carter chanced on Tut's 3,000-year-old tomb, so much Egyptologists have presumed that the younger king died of disorder, or maybe an twist of fate, akin to a chariot fall.
But what if his destiny was once truly even more sinister?
Now, within the homicide OF TUT, James Patterson and Martin Dugard chronicle their epic quest to determine what occurred to the boy-king. They comb throughout the evidence--X-rays, Carter's records, forensic clues--and scavenge for missed info to piece jointly the main points of his lifestyles and demise. the result's a real crime story of intrigue, betrayal, and usurpation that provides a compelling case that King Tut's demise used to be something yet normal.
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