The Bull Slayer: A Plinius Secundus Mystery

The Bull Slayer: A Plinius Secundus Mystery

by Bruce Macbain
     
 
A turbulent frontier province, rotten with corruption and seething with hatred of Rome—a barbarian god whose devotees may include a murderer —a clever and unscrupulous faith healer who knows everyone’s secrets—a boy who struggles toward manhood though stricken with the Sacred Disease: these are the elements in a mystery that Pliny, newly

Overview

A turbulent frontier province, rotten with corruption and seething with hatred of Rome—a barbarian god whose devotees may include a murderer —a clever and unscrupulous faith healer who knows everyone’s secrets—a boy who struggles toward manhood though stricken with the Sacred Disease: these are the elements in a mystery that Pliny, newly appointed governor of Bithynia, confronts when a high Roman official is found murdered on a desolate hillside, miles from the capital. But as Pliny pursues one baffling lead after another, he is being betrayed where he least expects it:his beautiful wife, neglected and lonely in an alien city, falls desperately in love with a handsome young provincial—an affair which threatens to bring not only pain but ruin to Pliny’s career. All these threads come together in a surprising and tragic finale.

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Kirkus Reviews - Staff Reviewer
Far from Rome, mass murder complicates a provincial governor's fight against local corruption.
In A.D. 108, Gaius Plinius Secundus ventures east with his young wife, Calpurnia, and an entourage to the province of Bithynia-Pontus, on the Black Sea, where resentment against the empire runs high... Packed with colorful characters and a strong sense of history, Pliny's second adventure (Roman Games, 2010) takes its time developing its whodunit but consistently entertains along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016265216
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
03/04/2013
Series:
Plinius Secundus Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
383,216
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Bruce Macbain holds degrees in Classics and Ancient History and has taught Greek and Roman history at Vanderbilt and Boston Universities. His special interests are ancient medicine and religion in the Roman empire. He brings these together in his fiction–Roman Games (2010) and The Bull Slayer (2013). He lives with his wife in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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