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Arms of Nemesis

A Novel of Ancient Rome

Novels of Ancient Rome (Volume 2)

Steven Saylor

Minotaur Books

The hideously disfigured body was found in the atrium. The only clues are a blood-soaked cloak, and, carved into the stone at the corpse's feet, the word Sparta. The murdered man was the overseer of Marcus Crassus's estate, apparently killed by two runaway slaves bent on joining Spartacus's revolt. In response to the murder, the wealthy, powerful Crassus vows to honor an ancient law and kill his ninety-nine remaining slaves in three days. Now Gordianus the Finder has been summoned from Rome by a mysterious client to find out the truth about the murder before the three days are up.

Enmeshed in a world of desperate slaves and duplicitous masters, extravagant feasts and sordid secrets, Gordianus must risk all he loves, including his life, to stop a senseless slaughter-and save the very future of Rome itself.


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PART ONECORPSES, LIVING AND DEAD1For all his fine qualities—his honesty and devotion, his cleverness, his uncanny agility—Eco was not well suited for answering the door. Eco was mute.But he was not and has never been deaf. He has, in fact, the sharpest ears of anyone I’ve ever known. He is also a light sleeper, a habit held over from the wretched, watchful days of his childhood, before his mother abandoned him and I took him in from the street and finally adopted him. Not surprisingly, it was Eco who heard the knock at the door in the second hour after nightfall, when everyone
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“Saylor impeccably recreates life in Imperial Rome…and intriguing mix of historical accuracy and tense drama.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Arms of Nemesis

“Gordinaus has wisdom and prudence; Saylor has intelligence, wit, and insight.  Saylor has aquired the information of a historian but he enjoys the gifts of a born novelist.” – The Boston Globe on A Murder on the Appian Way

“A compulsively entertaining whodunnit.” – New York Times Book Review on Arms of Nemesis

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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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