A Wind in Cairo by Judith Tarr

By Judith Tarr

THE PRINCE: Spoiled, reckless, heedless of any needs or wants yet his personal, sentenced to a poor destiny for his sins opposed to guy, girl, and God.
THE STALLION: both spoiled, both reckless, sure till demise to a sour servitude.
THE TURK'S inheritor: Fiercest of competitors, such a lot committed of enemies, whose armor hides a mystery. Come into the realm of the Arabian Nights, the place magic and secret meet; the place justice lays a sinner low, and the magic of the center turns hate to like.

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There was the anecdote known throughout the trade about Fitz-James O'Brien's marching outside the massive Harper building holding a sign, I AM ONE OF HARPERS’ AUTHORS. I AM STARVING, until the Harpers would agree to pay him what he was owed. 83 that they had paid in advance to Mr. Melville for his queer sea tale, Moby-Dick, or The Whale. To the Harper brothers, publishing was power. It was a power that had reached a crescendo in the 1840s when the eldest of the quartet, James Harper, became mayor of New York City as part of the anti-Catholic Native Party.

Osgood asked, forcing himself to look more closely at the mangled remains of his clerk. There were two parallel cuts in Daniel's skin. “It is almost like a bite mark. And his suit. ” The coroner shrugged. “From the mechanisms beneath the bus, perhaps. Or perhaps the boy had injured himself while in the spell of his narcotic. Sad to reflect on, the shadows of this danger fall not uncommonly on young men of low station and more and more even women—if you can call them that still, for they are much degraded.

While searching up and down the curve of the rough creek, Turner lunged at something on the ground. Upon reaching the spot, Mason saw with great pride in his chum that Turner had bludgeoned a cobra with his carbine. But the cobra was not dead and it rose up again as Mason approached and tried to strike. Such was the peril of the Bengalee jungle. Abandoning the hunt for the other thief, they returned to the spot where they'd left Narain tied to a tree and freed him, leading him as they took the horses they'd borrowed back to the police outpost.

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