The Murder of King Tut

Version: Unabridged
Author: James Patterson , Martin Dugard
Narrator: Joe Barrett
Genres: Ancient Civilizations
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Published In: October 2010
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Since 1922, when Howard Carter discovered Tut's 3,000-year-old tomb, most Egyptologists have presumed that the young king died of disease, or perhaps an accident, such as a chariot fall.
But what if his fate was actually much more sinister?
Now, in THE MURDER OF TUT, James Patterson and Martin Dugard chronicle their epic quest to find out what happened to the boy-king. They comb through the evidence--X-rays, Carter's files, forensic clues--and scavenge for overlooked data to piece together the details of his life and death. The result is a true crime tale of intrigue, betrayal, and usurpation that presents a compelling case that King Tut's death was anything but natural.

Reviews (9)

Written by Molly G. on February 2nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book is full of historical inaccuracies, and the authors inclusion of his personal journey writing thr book as part of the story is narcissistic. I would not recommend this book.


Written by Kathy on May 20th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was interesting, but at the end I got the feeling that the author(s) had tweaked the story to make it come out the way they wanted. However, the fictionalized accounts of life in Egypt during the time of King Tut were quite spell-binding.


Written by Anonymous on December 11th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great Book! Kept me on the edge of my seat! I flew through the book in about 2 days. Only down side is its a bit hard to follow at first if you keep stopping and restarting..per say in the car.

Good historical fiction - but it's fiction

Written by Anonymous on December 8th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Despite what the writers claim, this is historical fiction, not fact. I am probably the only person who was drawn to the book because of Martin Duguard's name rather than Patterson. Duguard tends to write well researched but fun non-fiction books. Patterson tends to write fiction (so it seems - this is the only book I've read by him). If you basically accept that this is going to be a historical thriller, it works. I don't really think there's much history int here but the way Patterson tells the story of Tut's murder (again, in his fictional world) is fun and engaging, as is the stuff on Carter. I'm sure if you want to know facts there are better books, but this is good listen if you're looking for something light and loosely based on the facts.

History? Facts? Huh?

Written by Larsen Arndt on November 9th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

A fascinating book if you are deeply interested in the mating habits of ancient Egyptian royalty. Somewhat less fascinating if you are interested in the political landscape and history of Tut's life and death.

Can't believe this was published

Written by Anonymous on September 11th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I was extremely disappointed by this book. It was more of an outline for a book that was never written. It was dreadful. James Patterson may be a hard worker (which I applaud), writing several books at once, but this was embarrassing, and I think he needs to take more time with his writing. I can't believe anyone published this.

The Murder of King Tut

Written by Anonymous on June 5th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My first Patterson book. Entertaining and historical. Thoroughly enjoyed it.


Written by nikkie from Morton Grove, IL on March 11th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

There is a reason why I've only wasted my time on one James Patterson book and even that one I gave up on after some 100 pages. According to the author, he did a heck of a lot of research... if that was true, he might have realized that the murder theory regarding King Tut has been around for decades, and it was not his own idea. Perhaps that exhaustive research might have helped him to develop his characters into three-dimensional feast for the eyes, rather than boring and down right offensive - offensive to the reader's intelligence, that is. If you want to know about the ancient Egypt (where according to the author everyone was either a wuss and an idiot, or a manipulative gold digger), or about Howard Carter (again, nothing good to be said about the man by good old James), you might do better reading a book or two that is actually based on facts and common sense. Don't waste your time with this one. Poorly written, underdeveloped - and yes - underresearched.

Murder of King Tut

Written by Doda1117 on January 8th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book by Patterson. A wonderful treatment covering 3 periods in history. Very well done and again interesting reading all way thru and I did so love it that I was sad when it ended.

Author Details

Author Details

Patterson, James

James Patterson is an award-winning American author. Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid." Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels-featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant-are the most popular books among Patterson readers and the top selling US Detective series in the past ten years.

In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover novels sold was a James Patterson title - totaling an estimated of 16 million books sold last year in North America alone. In total, Patterson's books have sold an estimated 150 million copies worldwide. He has won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award. James Patterson was called "the man who can't miss" in Time magazine. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTracker's top-ten list at the same time..He holds the New York Times bestsellers list record with 39 New York Times bestselling titles overall.* He even made an appearance on the Fox TV show The Simpsons as himself.

Patterson is also well known for sharing the spotlight with different co-authors such as Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross and has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories.

He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, now in its third year. Patterson has personally given away over $600,000 to reward "people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading."

Patterson's bestselling Women's Murder Club series is now a TV show starring former Law & Order star Angie Harmon. The show premiered in the fall of 2007 on ABC television. Other movie deals are currently in the works with various Hollywood studios including a major motion picture based on his Maximum Ride series, to be produced by Avi Arad, the creator of X-Men and Spiderman. Most recently, the forthcoming Dangerous Days of Daniel X has been optioned by New Regency.

Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.

He lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan, and son, Jack.

Dugard, Martin

Martin Dugard has carved a career as one of the foremost adventure writers today. The author of "Knockdown: The Harrowing True Account of a Yacht Race Turned Deadly" and co-author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Survivor: The Ultimate Game, " his work appears regularly in "GQ, Sports Illustrated, " and "Esquire." An avid adventurer, Dugard has completed the Raid Gauloises race three times, and is co-holder of the Around the World Speed Record. He lives with his wife and three children in Orange County, California.