Parthian Shot (Marcus Corvinus Series #9)

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While conducting an investigation into an attack on the Parthian Prince Phraates, one of the Parthian delegation is murdered and a full diplomatic incident threatens. The byzantine twists and turns of the case give Corvinus a headache that rivals his customary hangover, and it takes a violent threat to his wife Perilla before he gets a grip on what’s really happening.
 

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Overview

While conducting an investigation into an attack on the Parthian Prince Phraates, one of the Parthian delegation is murdered and a full diplomatic incident threatens. The byzantine twists and turns of the case give Corvinus a headache that rivals his customary hangover, and it takes a violent threat to his wife Perilla before he gets a grip on what’s really happening.
 

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Library Journal
Cheerfully and unapologetically over the top in his use of modern slang, British classics scholar Wishart will easily draw readers to this historical set in early Rome. Summoned by the emperor, Marcus Corvinus (White Murder) investigates members of a Parthian delegation to Rome, where the Roman-backed future king of Parthia currently resides. Corvinus attends an important political dinner, earns the enmity of at least one delegate, then questions recalcitrant suspects the next morning after the embassy leader is murdered. Ready wit, wife/slave/cook subplots, trenchant political observations, and realistic street scenes make this toga tale a winner. Steven Saylor and Lindsey Davis fans will snap it up. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When a foreign prince survives a murder attempt, ancient Rome's shrewdest and most sardonic detective is enlisted to insure there won't be another. Sleuthing Roman nobleman Marcus Corvinus is knee-deep in semi-annual accounts when he receives an offer he can't refuse from emperor Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus, a.k.a. The Wart. Just to the east of the Roman Empire lies the strategically important kingdom of Parthia. Rome has earmarked its elderly Prince Phraates, currently visiting the city with an entourage, to replace its current king, Artabanus. The plan is threatened when a gang of thugs attacks Phraates' litter; three guards are killed, but the prince survives. Marcus is charged with finding the perpetrator, lest Rome's political plan be dashed. Unfortunately for Marcus-but fortunately for the reader-he's saddled with an amusingly fussy and high-strung sidekick, senatorial commissioner Vitellius. At a dinner hosted by Phraates at his embassy, Marcus gets a bead on the delicate dynamics among Phraates' entourage, which includes his burly eunuch Peucestas, his surly bastard son Damon, and his faithful nephew Tiridates. Murder follows, but not Phraates'; the victim is Zariades, nobleman and Parthian ambassador. Suspicion falls first on the inner circle, in what appears to be a proverbial locked-room murder. But the more Marcus investigates, the less sure he becomes of his assumptions. Marcus' fourth appearance (Last Rites, 2003, etc.) provides the series' best balance of mystery and history yet.
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“Like Chandler’s Marlowe, Corvinus wisecracks his way through a weary world of murder and intrigue until he hunts down the truth. Taut thrillers in which Ancient Rome springs to life.” —The Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340827376
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Marcus Corvinus Series , #9
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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