Books by Nick Drake

EGYPT by Nick Drake
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Maps, a cast list and quotations from The Book of the Dead are welcome accouterments to Drake's third Rahotep mystery (Tutankhamun: The Book of Shadows, 2010, etc.). It moves a bit slowly into the realm of mystery but offers a consistently fascinating and believable portrait of ancient Egypt."
Ancient Egypt's chief detective undertakes a secret mission away from home just as the government at Thebes is inconveniently in turmoil. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2010

"Poet Drake's measured style and surfeit of historical detail—including maps, bibliography and family tree—add both verisimilitude and suspense to his second Rahotep mystery (Nefertiti, 2007). Fascinating."
An ancient Egyptian serial killer threatens the nascent reign of the nation's young Pharaoh. Read full book review >
NEFERTITI by Nick Drake
Released: April 3, 2007

"This debut novel by award-winning poet Drake (The Man in the White Suit, 2000) begins a proposed Rahotep trilogy with clean, elegant prose and a pervasive aura of suspense."
An ancient detective must find a missing queen or die. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 21, 2000

"In all instances, Drake stresses the human qualities of his emigrants, their bravery in striking out anew, their transcendence, their refusal to be mere characters on 'petty tyranny's B-movie set.'"
This marks Nick Drake's first full-length collection and includes work from his previously published pamphlet of poems entitled Chocolate and Salt. The poet, whose name conjures impressions of detective fiction from the 1930s, lives and works in London. But the vamps and villains and heroes of Drake's poems are rather tarnished figures, past their primes, as dented and battered as the baggage with which they escaped in the middle of the night. They long for lives free of the extreme politics that have ensnared generations and brought ruin to their homelands amid "Europe's concrete jigsaw, time- and war-zones." This collection is principally a tribute to the long-suffering - from those no longer comfortable in their homelands to those not at home in their bodies to those unreconciled to their fates - who pack up their broken belongings or the tatters of their sanity, seeking an idyll, as the poet puts it, "on this asylum island." But the refuge Drake's varied characters seek is not an escape from reason so much as a life-affirming flight toward reason, an embarking upon a holiday from the confining ideologies of nondemocratic Europe. He draws the obvious parallels between the refugees from Nazi Europe in the late 1930s and Soviet Europe in the late 1980s. With subtlety and humor, Drake goes on in other poems to honor those who, like the woman "shrunk into a girl with silver hair," are slowly fleeing from life toward the unmapped realm of death. Read full book review >