Catilina's Riddle

A Novel of Ancient Rome

Novels of Ancient Rome (Volume 3)

Steven Saylor

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"Saylor rivals Robert Graves in his knack for making the classical world come alive." --(ortland) Oregonian
 
"Engrossing...Ironic and satisfying." -- San Francisco Chronicle
 
The third in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa novels featuring Gordianus the Finder. Gordianus, disillusioned by the corruption of Rome circa 63 B.C., has fled the city with his family to live on a farm in the Etruscan countryside. But this bucolic life is disrupted by the machinations and murderous plots of two politicians: Roman consul Cicero, Gordianus's longtime patron, and populist senator Catilina, Cicero's political rival and a candidate to replace him in the annual elections for consul. Claiming that Catilina plans an uprising if he loses the race, Cicero asks Gordianus to keep a watchful eye on the radical. Although he distrusts both men, Gordianus is forced into the center of the power struggle when his six-year-old daughter Diana finds a headless corpse in their stable. Shrewdly depicting deadly political maneuverings, this addictive mystery also displays the author's firm grasp of history and human character.
 
On first publication back in 1994, Catilina's Riddle was a finalist for the Hammet Award.

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"Engrossing . . . Ironic and satisfying."—San Francisco Chronicle
 
"Saylor rivals Robert Graves in his knack for making the classical world come alive."—The Oregonian (Portland)

"Saylor's fashionably inconclusive reading of the conspiracy throws both antagonists, Cicero and Catilina, into bold relief. The result is a spacious, provocative portrait of a fictional detective confronted with a historical mystery finally beyond his powers."—Kirkus Reviews

"Saylor has written a sweeping and marvelously evocative story, with page after page of authentic detail and meticulous descriptions of the people, places, and politics of early Rome . . . There's no doubt that history buffs will savor the splendid historical detail."—Booklist

"Saylor carefully plots this novel and accurately depicts Roman society; his attentive study of Roman history and culture is evident throughout. The characters are believable and well delineated."—Library Journal

"Saylor has written another gripping and entertaining historical whodunit. Shrewdly depicting deadly political maneuverings, this addictive mystery also displays the author's firm grasp of history and human character."—Publishers Weekly 

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CATILINA'S RIDDLE by Steven Saylor | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of CATILINA'S RIDDLE .  Gordianus the Finder—legman and sleuth for the orator Marcus Tullius Cicero in Roman Blood (1991) and Arms of Nemesis (1992)—gets swept up in the epochal Catiline conspiracy in this ambitious crossover novel.
- Kirkus Reviews

Fiction Review: Catilina's Riddle by Steven W. Saylor / Author St. Martin's Press $22.95 (430p) ISBN 978-0-312-09763-9
Saylor ( Arms of Nemesis ) has written another gripping and entertaining historical whodunit. Narrator Gordianus, disillusioned by the corruption of Rome circa 63 B.C., has fled the city with his fami
- Publishers Weekly


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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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Catilina's Riddle
A Novel of Ancient Rome
Steven Saylor

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429908627
ISBN10: 1429908629
528 pages
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
November 2008
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ISBN: 9780312385293
ISBN10: 0312385293
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 528 pages, Includes 3 black-and-white maps
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