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Catilina's Riddle

Steven Saylor

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Roma Sub Rosa, Fiction, Historical fiction

A wonderfully re-jacketed edition from Saylor's bestselling Gordianus series set in Ancient Rome.

The year is 63BC, and Gordianus the Finder unexpectedly achieves the dream of every Roman - a farm in the Etruscan countryside. Vowinig to leave behind the corruption and intrigue of Rome, he abandons the city, taking his family with him.

Gordianus' longtime patron, Cicero, has also achieved the dram of his lifetime - a much coveted consulship, Rome's highest elected office. Urgently, he requests a favour of Gordianus: his help in keeping watch on a radical populist senator, Catilina, suspected of conspiring against the state. Against his will, Gordianus finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a web of deceit, intrigute and murder.

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Praise for Catilina's Riddle

  • A sweeping and marvellously evocative story, with page after page of authentic detail - Booklist

  • It is Saylor's particular skill to sketch the political intrigues of the time with great authenticity... the sense that murky, terrible things are moving secretly beneath the surface of a fairly benign exterior increases in this brilliant novel - San Francisco Review of Books

  • I can't say enough good things about Saylor's style, his scholarship or his mastery of the period. - The Poisoned Pen

  • Reader's will escape with pleasure into this lush, meticulously researched world of ancient Rome. - Christian Science Monitor

  • Really enthralling recreation of time and place, fascinating storytelling.

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Steven Saylor

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.

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