Catilina's Riddle by Steven Saylor

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"Saylor rivals Robert Graves in his knack for making the classical world come alive." --(ortland) Oregonian



"Engrossing...Ironic and satisfying." -- San Francisco Chronicle



The third in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa novels featuring Gordianus the Finder. Gordianus, disillusioned by the corruption of Rome circa 63 B.C., has fled the city with his family to live on a farm in the Etruscan countryside. But this bucolic life is disrupted by the machinations and murderous plots of two politicians: Roman consul Cicero, Gordianus's longtime patron, and populist senator Catilina, Cicero's political rival and a candidate to replace him in the annual elections for consul. Claiming that Catilina plans an uprising if he loses the race, Cicero asks Gordianus to keep a watchful eye on the radical. Although he distrusts both men, Gordianus is forced into the center of the power struggle when his six-year-old daughter Diana finds a headless corpse in their stable. Shrewdly depicting deadly political maneuverings, this addictive mystery also displays the author's firm grasp of history and human character.



On first publication back in 1994, Catilina's Riddle was a finalist for the Hammet Award.



 

About Steven Saylor

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STEVEN SAYLOR is the author of acclaimed historical mystery novels featuring Gordianus the Finder, including The Triumph of Caesar, as well as the internationally bestselling historical novels Empire and Roma. He has appeared on the History Channel as an expert on Roman politics and life. He divides his time between Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas.
 
Published April 1, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 532 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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But the mystery surrounding this series of corpses--there'll be two others, both headless--is less important than Gordianus' increasingly complex relation to charismatic Catilina, who not only accepts his bespoken hospitality but seduces the loyalty of his adopted son Meto and wins as well the pu...

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Saylor ( Arms of Nemesis ) has written another gripping and entertaining historical whodunit.

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