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SPQR VII: The Tribune's Curse

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 7)

John Maddox Roberts

Minotaur Books

Decius Caecilius Metellus is happy. The weather is beautiful and he is standing for office (literally; standing, in the Roman Forum soliciting votes) with a sure chance of winning. And Caesar's ongoing dreary war is far off in Gaul. Decius is confident that another war looming over Rome, instigated by one Crassus against the Parthians (for no reason but possible worldly gain); will be voted down in the Senate. But the vote does not stop Crassus.

On the day he and his troops set out from Rome, the Tribune Ateius Capitus, leader of the opposition, shrieks an ancient and terrible curse over the huge crowd assembled -- a curse that frightens not only the man in the street but the highest Romans. When Ateius is murdered soon after, Decius, solver of past mysteries, has the ugly task of finding the killer. Fascinating details of Rome's mixed attitudes about the power of magic and the practice of rational politics illuminate this latest of Roberts's strong historical mysteries.

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"Delightful ... Through the engaging, humorous voice of Decius, the author portrays such prominent figures of the Roman Republic as Cato and Cicero, while bringing to life the ancient city with its sights and smells, manners and customs, politics and religion.... Readers will surely look forward to Decius's future adventures."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Smart, brisk writing and abundant historical color."
--Kirkus Reviews

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  • John Maddox Roberts

  • John Maddox Roberts an Edgar-award nominee, is also the author of the well-reviewed Gabe Treloar mystery series (SMP) and numerous science fiction and fantasy books. Roberts lives in Estancia, New Mexico.
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    John Maddox Roberts

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