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The Venus Throw

A Mystery of Ancient Rome

Novels of Ancient Rome

Steven Saylor

Minotaur Books

On a chill January evening in 56 B.C., two strange visitors to Rome - an Egyptian ambassador and a eunuch priest - seek out Gordianus the Finder whose specialty is solving murders.  But the ambassador, a philosopher named Dio, has come to ask for something Gordianus cannot give - help in staying alive.  Before the night is out, he will be murdered.
 
Now Gordianus begins his most dangerous case.  Hired to investigate Dio's death by a beautiful woman with a scandalous reputation, he will follow a trail of political intrigue into the highest circles of power and the city's most hidden arenas of debauchery.  There Gordianus will learn nothing is as it seems - not the damning evidence he uncovers, not the suspect he sends to trial, not even the real truth behind Dio's death which lies in secrets - not of state, but of the heart.
On a chill January evening in 56 B.C., two strange visitors to Rome - an Egyptian ambassador and a eunuch priest - seek out Gordianus the Finder whose specialty is solving murders.  But the ambassador, a philosopher named Dio, has come to ask for something Gordianus cannot give - help in staying alive.  Before the night is out, he will be murdered. Now Gordianus begins his most dangerous case.  Hired to investigate Dio's death by a beautiful woman with a scandalous reputation, he will follow a trail of political intrigue into the highest circles of power and the city's most hidden arenas of debauchery.  There Gordianus will learn nothing is as it seems - not the damning evidence he uncovers, not the suspect he sends to trial, not even the real truth behind Dio's death which lies in secrets - not of state, but of the heart.

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Praise for The Venus Throw

"Imaginative . . . Saylor's style is smooth . . . A absorbing look at a time when men tried to rule themselves wisely and failed."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Saylor writes with vision and clarity, balancing sound historical scholarship with a gift for storytelling."—Anniston Star

"Engrossing . . . Intensely dramatic . . . Erotic, funny, compelling . . . A bona fide page-turner."—Detroit Free Press

"Steven Saylor transports you to Ancient Rome with spellbinding effectiveness."—Austin Chronicle

"Engrossing . . . Simmering with eroticism . . . An absorbing brew of Rome's decay."—Publishers Weekly

"Finely etched historical background . . . The finest flower yet of Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa Series."—Kirkus Reviews
"Imaginative . . . Saylor's style is smooth . . . A absorbing look at a time when men tried to rule themselves wisely and failed."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Saylor writes with vision and clarity, balancing sound historical scholarship with a gift for storytelling."—Anniston Star

"Engrossing . . . Intensely dramatic . . . Erotic, funny, compelling . . . A bona fide page-turner."—Detroit Free Press

"Steven Saylor transports you to Ancient Rome with spellbinding effectiveness."—Austin Chronicle

"Engrossing . . . Simmering with eroticism . . . An absorbing brew of Rome's decay."—Publishers Weekly

"Finely etched historical background . . . The finest flower yet of Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa Series."—Kirkus Reviews

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THE VENUS THROW by Steven Saylor | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE VENUS THROW . A brilliantly effective return to straight detection for Gordianus the Finder (Catilina's Riddle, 1993, etc.), who now turns away his old teacher, Dio of Alexandria—the Egyptian ambassador who fears assassination by hirelings of the king, whose reign over Egypt he's come to Rome to protest—only to find on his return to Rome that Dio was murdered the very night he left Gordianus' house.
- Kirkus Reviews
Fiction Review: The Venus Throw by Steven W. Saylor / Author St. Martin's Press $22.95 (308p) ISBN 978-0-312-11912-6
Saylor (Catilina's Riddle) has established a fine reputation with his mystery novels set in ancient Rome and starring Gordianus the Finder, an early PI. In his fourth adventure, in 56 B.C., Gordianus
- 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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