The highly regarded first book in Steven Saylor's Gordianus series which is being reissued with brand new covers to tie-in with the highly successful look of Roma and Empire.
A thrilling puzzle from the ancient world with real historical characters and based on a case in Cicero's Orations - Roman Blood is a perfect blend of mystery and history by a brilliant storyteller.
On an unseasonably warm spring morning in 80BC, Gordianus the Finder is summoned to the house of Cicero, a young advocate and orator preparing his first important case. His client is Umbrian landowner, Sextus Roscius, accused of the unforgivable: the murder of his own father.
Gordianus agrees to investigate the crime - in a society fire with deceit, betrayl and conspiracy, where neither citizen nor slave can be trusted to speak the truth. But even Gordianus is not prepared for the spectacularly dangerous fireworks that attend the resolution of this ugly, delicate case...
How wonderful, to have a scholar write about ancient Rome; how comforting, to feel instant confidence in the historical accuracy of a novel. - Sunday Times
Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking, his writing enthrals.
Wonderfully clever. - New York Times
Remarkable...as stirring blend of history and mystery, well-seasoned with conspiracy, passion and intrigue. - Publishers Weekly
Gripping historical thrillers...Saylor's understanding of the rich complexity of Roman life has a universal appeal. - San Fransisco Chronicle
Really excellent...an enthralling recreation of time and place, fascinating storytelling. - Derek Jacobi
Sweeping and marvellously evocative. - Booklist
Remarkable...classical historical mystery, in every sense. - Kirkus Reviews
Steven Saylor writes murder mysteries and is best known for his Roma sub Rosa series set in Ancient Rome and featuring Gordianus the Finder.
Steven has been a newspaper and magazine editor, and a literary agent. Steven was born in Texas in 1956 and graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and Classics. He divides his time between homes in Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.
See also his website www.stevensaylor.com