Perhaps the greatest archaeological find of all time, the 19922 discovery of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb by Howard Carter has stimulated the imagination of many. Untouched for 3,300 years, the ancient tomb, filled with spectacular treasures, raised many questions about the legendary reign of this boy king, especially the circumstances of his premature death sometime in his late teens. Theories about the cause of his untimely demise have included an infected mosquito bite and a bash on the head, either inflicted intentionally or the result of a fatal chariot accident. Without any obvious evidence, Egyptologists have left the question unsettled.
Now two law enforcement specialists in forensics and the psychology of criminal behavior have applied sophisticated crime-solving techniques used in the investigation of contemporary murders to this ancient mystery. With their unique perspectives, detectives Michael R. King and Gregory M. Cooper evaluate evidence that specialists in Egyptology and archaeology have long overlooked. After considering death by natural causes, accident, and suicide, the authors conclude that Tut died at the hands of a murderer.
The detectives' investigation becomes more intriguing as they focus on Tut's inner circle - his wife, Ankhesenamun; his closest advisors, prime minister Ay and treasurer Maya; and the powerful general of the Egyptian army, Horemheb. One by one, Cooper and King eliminate the suspects based on the evidence or probabilities. In conclusion, they draw up a modern affidavit formally charging their suspect with murdering the pharaoh.
For readers who enjoy mysteries, true crime, and history, WHO KILLED KING TUT? is an entertaining and educational read.