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A Murder on the Appian Way

By Steven Saylor

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Part of the Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder from the bestselling author or Roma and Empire.

52 BC, and Rome is in turmoil. Rival gangs prowl the streets as Publius Clodius, a high-born populist politician, and his arch-enemy Titus Milo fight to control the consular elections. But when Clodius is murdered on the famed Appian Way and Milo is accused of the crime, the city explodes with riots and arson.

As accusations and rumours fly, Gordianus is charged by Pompey the Great with discovering what really happened on the Appian Way that dark January night. Was it murder? And if so, should the perpetrator be condemned as a villain - or hailed as the saviour of the Roman Republic? For on the truth of that hangs the fate of Titus Milo . . .

Praise for Steven Saylor:

'Saylor evokes the ancient world more convincingly than any other writer of his generation.'Sunday Times

'Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals.'Ruth Rendell

'With the scalpel-like deftness of a Hollywood director, Saylor puts his finger on the very essence of Roman history.'Times Literary Supplement

'A full-blooded and action-packed work of fiction, cleverly built around a solid historical framework . . . it is an enthralling page-turner.'Daily Express

Biographical Notes

Steven Saylor's fascination with Ancient Rome began in childhood. A history graduate and former newspaper and magazine editor, he has now completed numerous novels featuring Gordianus the Finder. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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  • ISBN: 9781780337432
  • Publication date: 01 Mar 2012
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  • Imprint: C & R Crime
Remarkable.. a stirring blend of history and mystery, well seasoned with conspiracy, passion and intrigue — Publishers Weekly
Will delight readers in virtually every page.... Saylor has acquired the information of a historian but he enjoys the gifts of a born novelist — Boston Globe
The remarkably vivid and finely etched historical background at once roots the characters firmly in their time and brings them alive for our own — Kirkus Reviews
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