Nine for the Devil

Author(s): Eric Mayer, Mary Reed
Original Publish Date: Mar 13, 2012
Product Number: EB00009633
Released: Jul 02, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781615953318
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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"[A] spot-on recreation of the political and bureaucratic climate of the times." —Publishers Weekly STARRED review The year is 548 and Empress Theodora is dead. Emperor Justinian suspects murder and orders John, his Lord Chamberlain, to find her killer or suffer the consequences. Many aristocrats at the imperial court had reason to want Theodora dead. General Artabanes, Justinian's cousin Germanus, and Antonina and her husband General Belisarius have suffered at Theodora's hands. Might Gaius, palace physician, have tampered with Theodora's medication? Even Pope Vigilius, detained in the capital by a religious controversy, is not above suspicion. Meanwhile, John must also grapple with domestic upheavals. His daughter is about to give birth and his aging servant Peter is dying. Will John be able to serve justice, his loved ones, and the emperor?