Catilina's Riddle

Catilina's Riddle

Book - 2002
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"Using scholarly historical insight and evocative storytelling that brings to life the glories of ancient Rome, Steven Saylor takes the reader from the bloody lines of clashing Roman armies to the backrooms of the Senate floor, where power-hungry politicians wrestle the Fates for control of Rome's destiny. "
With the consular election drawing near, Rome is fiercely divided between the conservative Cicero and the tempestuous Catilina, whose followers are rumored to be plotting a blood-thirsty siege for power if their leader fails to win office.
Gordianus the Finder, retired to his Etruscan farm, is happy to be free of the intrigue and danger of the capital. But when his old friend Cicero enlists the Finder in an elaborate plot to control Catilina, Gordianus is drawn back into a familiar world. Now caught in a cloak-and-dagger political struggle for the fate of the Republic, Gordianus finds himself strangely drawn to the controversial candidate. Is Catilina really a subversive renegade, or are Cicero suspicions part of an even greater conspiracy? When a headless corpse ominously appears on his farm, Gordianus knows he must unlock the secret of "Catilina's Riddle" before Rome tears herself apart.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2002.
ISBN: 9780312982119
0312982119
9780312097639
0312097638
9780804112697
080411269X
Characteristics: 495 p. :,maps ;,18 cm.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

Gordianus, disillusioned by the corruption of Rome, flees the city with his family to live on a farm in the Etruscan countryside. He is unable to find the peace he had hoped for especially when his six-year-old daughter discovers a decapitated corpse in their stable.

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