Wonderfully entertaining mystery stories set in the world of the
acclaimed ROMA SUB ROSA series. It is the Rome of the Late
Republic, and Gordianus the Finder has a knack for finding trouble
- and dead bodies. Known to many as the one man in the ancient
world who can both keep a secret and uncover one, Gordianus lays
bare some of his most intriguing adventures in this new volume in
Steven Saylor's highly acclaimed mystery series. In 'Little
Caesar and the Pirates', Gordianus must act as a go-between for
kidnappers, but he begins to wonder who is really being held
hostage; in 'The Alexandrian Cat', a mischievous girl and a
tell-tale sneeze reveal an ingenious plot of murder and thievery;
and in 'The House of the Vestals', blackmail goes horribly
wrong and there is no one to take the blame. The result is an
engrossing collection of finely wrought mystery tales with all the
suspense and craft that are the trademark of Saylor's work.
"Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking, his writing enthrals." Ruth Rendell "Engrossing... Simmering with eroticism... An absorbing brew of Rome's decay." Publishers Weekly on The Venus Throw "How wonderful, to have a scholar write about ancient Rome; how comforting, to feel instant confidence in the historical accuracy of a novel." Sunday Times on A Murder on the Appian Way"
Seven 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.