Cairo 1909, the murder capital of the world. But the death of an effendi? Effendis- the Egyptian elite - are important. When Tvardovsky, an effendi and a foreigner, is shot at a gathering of financiers, Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt, Chief of Cairo's Secret Police, is called in to investigate. But is he the right man for the job? And there are powerful people who might have preferred Tvardovsky dead.