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Roman Blood: A Novel of Ancient Rome

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Elena asks that you come to the House of Swans at once . . . Compelled by this message, the wealthy, sybaritic Sextus Roscius goes not to his harlot, but to his doom—savagely murdered by unknown assassins. In the unseasonable heat of a spring morning in 80 B.C., Gordianus the Finder is summoned to the house of Cicero, a young advocate staking his reputation on this case. The charge is patricide; the motive, a son's greed. The punishment, rooted...
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Overview

Elena asks that you come to the House of Swans at once . . . Compelled by this message, the wealthy, sybaritic Sextus Roscius goes not to his harlot, but to his doom—savagely murdered by unknown assassins. In the unseasonable heat of a spring morning in 80 B.C., Gordianus the Finder is summoned to the house of Cicero, a young advocate staking his reputation on this case. The charge is patricide; the motive, a son's greed. The punishment, rooted deep in Roman tradition, is horrific beyond imagining.

Gordianus's investigation takes him through the city's raucous, pungent streets and deep into urban Umbria, unraveling layers of deceit, twisted passions, and murderous desperation. From pompous, rouged nobles to wily slaves to citizens of seemingly simple virtue, the case becomes a political nightmare. As the defense proceeds toward a devastating confrontation in the Forum, one man's fate may be threaten the very leaders of Rome itself.

First in a unique and acclaimed mystery series set in ancient Rome. Gordianus the Finder is summoned to the house of Cicero, the young advocate who is defending a man accused of patricide. In a society where neither slave nor citizen is free to speak without reprisal, Gordianus is hired to learn the truth.

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What People Are Saying

Leonard Tourney
"A truly remarkable novel, a perfect blend of history and mystery fiction with a twisted streak in public places of Ancient Rome that's convincingly put forth as modern New York or Los Angeles. Steven Saylor takes a superior mystery to new levels of achievement with a story as intriguing as any I have read in recent years. It is gratifying to find a novelist who is not only a brilliant storyteller but also a polished stylist."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441712936
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Series: Roma Sub Rosa Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 12

Meet the Author

Steven Saylor is the author of eight books in the Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder. He divides his time between homes in Austin, Texas, and Berkeley, California.
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