By Steven Saylor
Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa sequence of novels, set within the later Roman Republic and that includes Gordianus the Finder, has garnered strange acclaim from readers and reviewers alike, developing him as one of many pre-eminent ancient secret writers. In A Gladiator Dies merely Once, the second one selection of his award-winning tales that includes Gordianus, Saylor greater than meets his personal excessive criteria. Set among the occasions of his novels Roman Blood and Catilina's Riddle, those formerly untold adventures from the early occupation of Gordianus - whilst his followed son, Eco, used to be nonetheless a mute boy and his spouse, Bethesda, was once yet his slave - will pride Saylor's many enthusiasts whereas illuminating info of the traditional global like no different author can.
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It couldn't have happened at a worse time, with the races less than a month away. I had to have some way to communicate with Diocles. " She laughed. "One thing puzzles me still. What will you do with millions of sesterces, Sempronia? You can't possibly hide that much money from your husband. " She peered at me keenly. " "To Spain. " Her face became as pale as the pearls in her hair. " I shook my head. " "No? " "Your husband's man? " "Only about the racing scheme. " She shook her head. " "Diocles arranged it.
The truth. It's the only thing that ever seems to satisfy me. Why Sertorius? Why risk so much-everything-to help his rebellion in Spain? Do you have a family tie? A loved one who's thrown his lot with the rebels? " She laughed without mirth. "Is that all you can think, that being a woman, I must be driven by passion? Can you not imagine that a woman might have her own politics, her own convictions, her own agenda, quite separate from a husband or a lover? " I nodded. Feeling her eyes on me, I paced the room.
I stood up. "Eco, the first thing you must remember, if you ever wish to become a Finder like your father, is always to keep a cool head and never to jump to conclusions. Last night I laid a trap for our culprit. " Or several clues, as it turned out, if one wished to call each tiny, padded paw print in the fine plaster dust an individual clue. The paw prints led up to the niche; the paw prints led away. Following a barely discernible trail of dusted prints, Eco and I tracked the thief's progress out of his room, around the colonnaded portico, and into the room I shared with Bethesda.
A Gladiator Dies Only Once: The Further Investigations of Gordianus the Finder by Steven Saylor