SPQR I: The Kings Gambit

A Mystery
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Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Series: SPQR Roman Mysteries Series No: 1
Original Publish Date: Apr 01, 2007
Product Number: EB00009899
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429908337
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Description

Blackmail, corruption, treachery, murder--the glory that was Rome. In this Edgar Award-nominated mystery, John Maddox Roberts takes readers back to a Rome filled with violence and evil. Vicious gangs ruled the streets of Crassus and Pompey, routinely preying on plebeian and patrician alike, so the garroting of a lowly ex-slaved and the disembowelment of a foreign merchant in the dangerous Subura district seemed of little consequence to the Roman hierarchy. But Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger--highborn commander of the local vigiles--was determined to investigate. Despite official apathy, brazen bribes, and sinister threates, Decius uncovers a world of corruption at the highest levels of his government that threatens to destroy him and the government he serves.