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  • By Michael Brown
    Oct 6, 2017
    The 6th Gees novel from 1939 has Gees dealing with an Egyptian threat. In "The Ninth Life", we are told its been two years since Gees opened his agency.  I liked the off hand mention of previous cases (his first case, the matter of the "gray shapes" and "nightmare farm", as well as the matter of the "maker of shadows" and the Kleinert case), but one mentioned, the "Colborne Affair" is unknown to me.  I guess this is a recent case that is not covered. This time his old boss from his short time as a cop, Inspector Tott, brings him a matter to look into.  His friend, Tony Briggs who is high up in the Foreign Office, has become infatuated with an exotic woman, Cleo Kefra, and plans on marrying her.  Tott is bothered by her and wants Gees to look into it (probably hoping there is some way to break things up).  Gees takes the couple out to lunch, accompanied by Ms Brandon to check out our Ms Kefer. A chance encounter... More > with his father leads to Gees learning that his father met the same woman 30 plus years ago in Egypt!  Or atleast someone who looks just like her.  Gees father has a decent amount of time in this story, more so then in the rest of the series. Added to this, at lunch Gees mentions the matter of the "maker of shadows", and the name MacMorn and that he put an end to the "maker".  This all seems to affect Ms Kefra. Yes, there is clearly an occult mystery about her and Gees takes care of the matter, as you'll see.  Not Azilian this time, but Egyptian.   Our Ms Kefra (yes, that's her real name) is the last priestess of Sekhmet, and has lived for untold years, blessed (or cursed) to stay young and untouched for ever.  Well, until nine lives are sacrificed to Sekhmet.  And she has one more to go.  And has plans for Mr Briggs.  But she is not the real evil, all she wishes is to be free of the curse of immortality and be able to live a normal like and have a husband and a child.  Sadly, there is an evil in the story, and things won't work out for everyone.  Something I've come to expect in the Gees novels. And Gees also has to worry that Ms Brandon is thinking of quiting, feeling she isn't doing much with just transcribing his few cases.  Uh oh.< Less
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First Ramble House Edition
Fender Tucker
December 22, 2006
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.85 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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