A Murder on the Appian Way

By Steven Saylor
Read by Scott Harrison

The Roma Sub Rosa Series: Book 5

16.60 Hours 04/28/2009 unabridged
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Ancient Rome has been in a state of turmoil as the rival gangs of Publius Clodius, a high-born, populist politician, and his arch-enemy, Titus Milo, have fought to control the consular elections. When Clodius is murdered on the famed Appian Way and Milo is accused of the crime, the city explodes with riots and arson, and even the near sacrosanct Senate House is burned to the ground. As accusations and rumors fly, Gordianus the Finder, whose famed investigative skills and integrity make him sought after by all sides in the escalating conflict, is charged by Pompey the Great with discovering what really happened. Who is really responsible for Clodius’ death? And should his murderer be despised as a villain or hailed as a savior of the Republic?

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Summary

Summary

Ancient Rome has been in a state of turmoil as the rival gangs of Publius Clodius, a high-born, populist politician, and his arch-enemy, Titus Milo, have fought to control the consular elections. When Clodius is murdered on the famed Appian Way and Milo is accused of the crime, the city explodes with riots and arson, and even the near sacrosanct Senate House is burned to the ground.

As accusations and rumors fly, Gordianus the Finder, whose famed investigative skills and integrity make him sought after by all sides in the escalating conflict, is charged by Pompey the Great with discovering what really happened. Who is really responsible for Clodius’ death? And should his murderer be despised as a villain or hailed as a savior of the Republic?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Gordianus has wisdom and prudence; Saylor has intelligence, wit, and insight. Saylor has acquired the information of a historian but he enjoys the gifts of a born novelist.” Boston Globe
“In Steven Saylor’s lively imagination, Rome—both glorious and grimy—is revived.” Seattle Times
“An unusual and morally sturdy character, Gordianus is honest without being sanctimonious, a savvy observer of the political scene who never loses his integrity…The suspense never lags as Saylor spins a sophisticated political thriller that also brings his readers up to speed on their Roman history.” Publishers Weekly
“The plotting is deft and the action—both physical and intellectual—is nonstop.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Another irresistible installment in the continuing chronicles of Gordianus the Finder…Gripping suspense and intrigue superbly supported by a wealth of accurate historical detail.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Steven Saylor

Steven Saylor is a freelance writer, editor, and the author of novels set in ancient Rome. He studied history at the University of Texas at Austin. Saylor’s writing has appeared in the Threepenny Review, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He lives in Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 16.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English