A Murder on the Appian Way

A Novel of Ancient Rome

Novels of Ancient Rome (Volume 5)

Steven Saylor

Minotaur Books

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Torchlight flickers on the elegant marble walls.  The sound of a mob echoes in the street.  The year is 52 B.C. and the naked body of Publius Clodius is about to be carried through the teaming streets of Rome.  Clodius, a rich man turned rabble-rouser, was slain on the most splendid road in the world, the Appian Way.  Now Clodius's rival, Milo, is being targeted for revenge and the city teeters on the verge of chaos.
 
An explosive trial will feature the best oration of Cicero and Marc Antony, while Gordianus the Finder has been charged by Pompey the Great himself to look further into the murder.  With the Senate House already in ashes, and his own life very much in danger, Gordianus must return to a desrted stretch of the Appian Way - to find the truth that can save a city drunk on power, rent by fear, and filled with the madness and glory of Rome.

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Chapter One

"Papa! Wake up!"

A hand gripped my shoulder and shook me gently. I pulled away and felt cold air on the back of my neck as the blanket slid away. I snatched it back and snuggled against it, burrowing for warmth. I reached for Bethesda, but found only a warm vacancy where she should have been.

"Really, Papa, you'd better wake up." Eco shook me again, not quite so gently.

"Yes, husband," said Bethesda. "Get up!"

What sleep is as deep as the sleep of a cold Januarius night, when the sky is a blanket of lowering clouds

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"Saylor puts such great detail and tumultuous life into his scenes that the sensation of rubbing elbows with the ancients is quite uncanny."The New York Times Book Review
 
"Saylor is skilled at spinning a tale out of unlikely historical sources . . . literate, humane, and dramatic."The Boston Globe
 
"In Steven Saylor's lively imagination, Rome—both glorious and grimy—is revived."Seattle Times
 
"Really excellent . . . an enthralling re-creation of time and place, fascinating storytelling."—Sir Derek Jacobi

"As always, Saylor sketches the real-life historical background with a masterly hand."Kirkus Reviews

"Saylor meticulously resurrects ancient Rome, providing 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

"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

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About the Author

Steven Saylor

Steven Saylor is the author of the long running Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel, Roma and its follow-up, Empire. He has appeared as an on-air expert on Roman history and life on The History Channel. Saylor was born in Texas and graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and classics. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

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A Murder on the Appian Way
A Novel of Ancient Rome
Steven Saylor

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429908610
ISBN10: 1429908610
416 pages
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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2009
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ISBN: 9780312539689
ISBN10: 0312539681
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 416 pages
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