Part of the Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder from the bestselling author or Roma and Empire.
52 BC, and Rome is in turmoil. Rival gangs prowl the streets as Publius Clodius, a high-born populist politician, and his arch-enemy Titus Milo fight to control the consular elections. But when Clodius is murdered on the famed Appian Way and Milo is accused of the crime, the city explodes with riots and arson.
As accusations and rumours fly, Gordianus is charged by Pompey the Great with discovering what really happened on the Appian Way that dark January night. Was it murder? And if so, should the perpetrator be condemned as a villain - or hailed as the saviour of the Roman Republic? For on the truth of that hangs the fate of Titus Milo . . .
Praise for Steven Saylor:
'Saylor evokes the ancient world more convincingly than any other writer of his generation.'Sunday Times
'Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals.'Ruth Rendell
'With the scalpel-like deftness of a Hollywood director, Saylor puts his finger on the very essence of Roman history.'Times Literary Supplement
'A full-blooded and action-packed work of fiction, cleverly built around a solid historical framework . . . it is an enthralling page-turner.'Daily Express
Remarkable.. a stirring blend of history and mystery, well seasoned with conspiracy, passion and intrigue - Publishers Weekly
Will delight readers in virtually every page.... Saylor has acquired the information of a historian but he enjoys the gifts of a born novelist - Boston Globe
The remarkably vivid and finely etched historical background at once roots the characters firmly in their time and brings them alive for our own - Kirkus Reviews
Steven Saylor is the author of the internationally bestselling historical novels Roma and Empire (which precede Dominus), as well as the acclaimed Roma Sub Rosa series of historical mystery novels featuring Gordianus the Finder, beginning with Roman Blood. His fascination with the ancient world began in childhood when he saw the 1963 movie Cleopatra at a drive-in theater, and continued through his education in history and Classics at the University of Texas as Austin. His first trip to Rome was a life-changing event that propelled him into his 30-year career as a historical novelist. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages, and book tours have taken to many countries, including the U.K. He has appeared on the History channel as an expert on Roman politics and daily life. With Rick Solomon, his husband of 45 years, he divides his time between Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas.