Beneath the Pyramid by Christian Jacq Pocket Books $105 Volume one in the trilogy The Judge of Egypt follows an ancient Egyptian police procedural. Pazair, a novice judge from a village near Thebes, is summoned to investigate the mysterious deaths of five guards standing watch over the great tomb of Kheops. When he arrives he's dismayed to find the teeming city of Memphis a hotbed of greed and corruption. He refuses to sign an administrative document he doesn't understand and this leads him to stumble on a plot to assassinate the pharaoh, Ramses the Great. With the aid of his lover, Neferet, and his blood brother, Suti, he sets out to uncover the truth and rescue the pharaoh from a gruesome fate. He's determined to make a stand - good against evil - but he is young and inexperienced and his fight for justice and virtue leads him to become a victim himself.