Search Results: "Steven Saylor"


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THE TRIUMPH OF CAESAR by Steven Saylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2008

"Gordianus doesn't distinguish himself as a detective, and readers possessed of historical hindsight will easily eliminate most of the high-profile suspects. Still, no contemporary novelist approaches Saylor's continued ability to bring ancient Rome to life."
Suspecting a plot against Julius Caesar, his wife Calpurnia calls on Gordianus the Finder to head it off. Read full book review >

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LAST SEEN IN MASSILLIA by Steven Saylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"In this exemplary eighth installment, Saylor links the case at hand to his larger concerns, the ongoing domestic saga of Gordianus' family and the fate of Rome, with matchless elegance."
Like the Hatfields and the McCoys, the generals fighting over control of Rome have left a legacy of unending strife. Read full book review >

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A MURDER ON THE APPIAN WAY by Steven Saylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 1996

"Maybe some bones should just be let lie."
It's 52 B.C.: an evil time for Rome. Read full book review >

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WRATH OF THE FURIES by Steven Saylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Religious war, ethnic cleansing—everything new is old again in the era of swords, togas, and defeated generals executed by being forced to swallow molten gold."
In Saylor's (Raiders of the Nile, 2014, etc.) newest novel of the ancient world, Mithridates, who styles himself Shahansha—King of Kings—has conquered Roman colonies from the Euxine Sea to Persia. Read full book review >

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HAVE YOU SEEN DAWN? by Steven Saylor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Taut narrative, some good characters, and a well-drawn setting: an enjoyable and suspenseful read."
The author of the popular tales of Roman sleuth Gordianus the Finder (A Mist of Prophecies, p. 458) now turns to Texas, where a teenaged girl's disappearance casts suspicion on just about everyone. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2005

Ancient Rome's preeminent private eye plies his trade in nine reprints culled from the past ten years. Read full book review >

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ARMS OF NEMESIS by Steven Saylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Wily Cicero's absence leaves Gordianus without much of a plot, but Saylor convincingly transposes the English country-house conventions to ancient Rome, and his scene-setting—especially at the Sibyl's shrine at Cumae—is effectively atmospheric."
Gordianus the Finder, Cicero's hired investigator who first appeared in Roman Blood (1991), gets his own case when Marcus Crassus, the richest man in the world, summons him to his opulent villa to look into the murder of Crassus' cousin and overseer Lucius Licinius. Read full book review >

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ROMAN BLOOD by Steven Saylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 1991

"More genuine mystery and detection than in Ron Burns's Roman Nights (see above), with two handsome surprises saved for last."
From the papers of Marcus Tullius Cicero comes this first novel, a fictionalization of the immortal Roman orator's first important case—his defense of well-heeled farmer Sextus Roscius on the charge of killing his bated father. Read full book review >

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ROMA by Steven Saylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"Like James Michener, Saylor the novelist (A Gladiator Dies Only Once, 2005, etc.) is upstaged by Saylor the historian—except when he suggests that history itself is fact-based fiction."
Livy meets Michener in this sprawling, episodic 1,000-year novel of the rise of ancient Rome from its first settlement to the assassination of Julius Caesar. Read full book review >

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THE VENUS THROW by Steven Saylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 1995

"The remarkably vivid and finely etched historical background at once roots the characters firmly in their time and brings them alive for our own—in this finest flower yet of Saylor's admirable Roma sub Rosa series."
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. Read full book review >