He conquered an empire. Now, he faces a threat much closer to home.
The new novel from the internatinal bestselling author of Roma, is set against the background of Caesar's stupendous quadruple triumphs in Rome in 46 BC, full of colour and spectacle.
Having obliterated the opposition, Caesar is now dictator for life. In the upcoming celebrations, Vercingetorix the Gaul is scheduled to be executed, as is Arsinoe, the sister of Cleopatra...and Cleopatra herself is in Rome on a state visit, trying to convince Caesar to acknowledge their son as his heir.
Marc Antony and Caesar are at odds; Cicero is making a fool of himself with a new teenage bride; and Caesar's wife Calpurnia, having fallen under the spell of an Etruscan soothsayer, is convinced of a plot on her husband's life.
Murder and intrigue again draw Gordianus into the vortex of history.
Praise for Stephen Saylor
'Saylor is on top form with the latest in his extraordinarily vivid series of crime novels set in ancient Rome.' Sunday Times
'Saylor's gifts include authentic historical and topographical backgrounds and... sombre themes set off the brilliant scenery and clever plotting.' Times Literary Supplement
'Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals.' Ruth Rendell
'Readers will find his work wonderfully (and gracefully) researched... this is entertainment of the first order.' Washington Post
'Saylor has acquired the information of a historian but he enjoys the gifts of a born novelist.' Boston Globe
Saylor is on top form with the latest in his extraordinarily vivid series of crime novels set in ancient Rome. - Sunday Times
Saylor expertly weaves the true history of Rome with the lives and loves of its fictional citizens. - Daily Express
... with the scalpel-like deftness of a Hollywood director, Saylor puts his finger on the very essence of Roman History - TLS
How wonderful to have a scholar write about ancient Rome; how comforting to feel instant confidence in the historical accuracy of the novel
- The Sunday Times
A breathtaking epic ... scholarly and engrossing ...Compelling and evocative, this dramatic saga does full justice to the fascinating role that ancient Rome has played in world history. - Good Book Guide
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