Athens and Sparta have been at war for twenty-five years. Besieged and despairing,
Athenians must now confront a new horror: someone is killing their greatest playwrights.
A grisly slaying and a sudden death spur a veteran actor, a retired soldier, and a
master horseman to solve the mystery. Their quest takes them from the gossip-strewn
bath houses and taverns of Athens to its famed Greater Dionysia theatre festival,
and into the wild fastness of Macedon. Ranged against them are diverse and dangerous forces – hired killers, ambitious philosophers, embittered poets, and secret arms of the state. Battling human agents and the elements, the truth-seekers must also discover mystical secret caves and the meaning of dead men's precious scrolls. Laced with literary intrigue, this classical thriller challenges the reader to solve the riddles of whydunnit and howdunnit as much as whodunnit.