The King's Gambit by John Maddox Roberts
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Blackmail, corruption, treachery, murder--the glory that was Rome.


In this Edgar Award-nominated mystery, John Maddox Roberts takes readers back to a Rome filled with violence and evil. Vicious gangs ruled the streets of Crassus and Pompey, routinely preying on plebeian and patrician alike, so the garroting of a lowly ex-slaved and the disembowelment of a foreign merchant in the dangerous Subura district seemed of little consequence to the Roman hierarchy. But Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger--highborn commander of the local vigiles--was determined to investigate. Despite official apathy, brazen bribes, and sinister threates, Decius uncovers a world of corruption at the highest levels of his government that threatens to destroy him and the government he serves.

 

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Published August 24, 2001 by Minotaur Books. 288 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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