Egyptologist Sally Otterburn phones Cairo museum director Sherif Faris the Nefertari bust is original, 4000 years old; he expects her to smuggle it to Cairo, promising an affidavit it's only a copy, and suggesting to use Jessica's favorite museum as cover; however Rudy Grimes had his phone wired and calls his boss Bradford Thorpe: the one in Cairo must be a fake; Thorpe's wife Vanessa agrees to finance $350,000. Jessica and Sally Otterburn arrive in Cairo where even Nasar, the driver awaiting them, who has two years New York cab driver experience, can't prevent a thief getting away with Jessica's bag, mainly containing notes; Sally phones Faris but assures him it's not "you know what", just when the Minister of Antiquities pays his museum a surprise visit. Inspector Omar Halim almost immediately investigates the theft. Nasar asks Jessica to help him get a visa to go legally to his fiancée in the US, now courted by a relative. Thorpe's loan shark Trevor Han demands the statue, ... Written by
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The archaeologist Sally Otterburn refers to a bust of Queen Nefertari as being authenticated as at least 4000 years old. Queen Nefertari was chief wife of the nineteenth dynasty pharaoh Ramesses II, about 1250 BC, and busts of her could therefore be no older than about 3200 years old. See more
References Death on the Nile