The Venus Throw by Steven Saylor
A Novel of Ancient Rome

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On a chill January evening in 56 B.C. , two strange visitors to Rome--an Egyptian ambassador and a eunuch priest--seek out Gordianus the Finder whose specialty is solving murders. But the ambassador, a philosopher named Dio, has come to ask for something Gordianus cannot give--help in staying alive. Before the night is out, he will be murdered.

Now Gordianus begins his most dangerous case. Hired to investigate Dio's death by a beautiful woman with a scandalous reputation, he will follow a trail of political intrigue into the highest circles of power and the city's most hidden arenas of debauchery. There Gordianus will learn nothing is as it seems--not the damning evidence he uncovers, not the suspect he sends to trial, not even the real truth behind Dio's death which lies in secrets--not of state, but of the heart.


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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, 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks. 529 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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A brilliantly effective return to straight detection for Gordianus the Finder (Catilina's Riddle, 1993, etc.), who now turns away his old teacher, Dio of Alexandria--the Egyptian ambassador who fears assassination by hirelings of the king, whose reign over Egypt he's come to Rome to protest--only...

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Continuing his series of mysteries set in ancient Rome and featuring Gordianus the Finder, Saylor's latest concerns the murder of an Egyptian ambassador.

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Saylor (Catilina's Riddle) has established a fine reputation with his mystery novels set in ancient Rome and starring Gordianus the Finder, an early PI.

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