The Pericles Commission

Mysteries of Ancient Greece (Volume 1)

Gary Corby

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Only one man can save the democracy at Athens. Nicolaos, the unknown and insignificant son of a minor sculptor, must solve the murder of the leading politician Ephialtes, shot through the heart by an arrow, before his death tears apart the city in civil war.  Of course, it would be easier if Pericles wasn’t looking over his shoulder, critiquing his every move. And it would be nice if the clever and beautiful Diotima wasn’t a virgin priestess, and a dab hand with a bow and arrow. He really wishes her mother wasn’t a seductive courtesan, and the mistress of Ephialtes. He’d prefer not to go near Pythax, the brutally tough chief of the city guard.  And if only his twelve year old brother Socrates would stop offering helpful suggestions. It would definitely help if the main suspect weren’t Xanthippus, a leading conservative and, worst of all, Pericles’ father. Meanwhile the witnesses to the plot are being killed one by one.
    
Can Nicolaos follow the trail to whoever is behind it all before the evidence is wiped out?

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Chapter One

A dead man fell from the sky, landing at my feet with a thud. I stopped and stood there like a fool, astonished to see him lying where I was about to step. He lay facedown in the dirt, arms spread wide, with an arrow protruding out his back. He’d been shot through the heart.

It was obvious he was dead, but I knelt down and touched him anyway, perhaps because I needed to assure myself that he was real. The body was warm to my touch. The blood that stained my fingertips, from where I had touched his wound, was slippery and wet but already beginning to dry in the heat,

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Gary Corby

Gary Corby is a first time novelist, former systems programmer at Microsoft, and lives in Australia with his wife and two daughters.

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The Pericles Commission
Gary Corby

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
November 2010
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ISBN: 9781429948746
ISBN10: 1429948744
352 pages
$11.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
November 2010
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ISBN: 9780312599027
ISBN10: 0312599021
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
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