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Arms of Nemesis (1992)

de Steven Saylor

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South of Rome on the Gulf of Puteoli stands the splendid villa of Marcus Crassus, Rome's wealthiest citizen. When the estate overseer is murdered, Crasus concludes that the deed was done by two missing slaves, who have probably run off to join the Spartacus Slave Revolt. Unless they are found within five days, Crassus vows to massacre his remaining ninety-nine slaves. To Gordianus the Finder falls the fateful task of resolving this riddle from Hades. In a house filled with secrets, the truth is slow to emerge and Gordianus realizes that the labyrinthine path he has chosen just may lead to his own destruction.… (més)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this historical murder mystery; perhaps more for the history than for the mystery. An ancient 'detective' or finder is charged with finding the truth about a murder within a few days and thus might succeed in cancelling the slaugher of every slave in the victim's household.
Set against the backdrop of the Spartacan Slave Revolt, this book was thoroughly researched and managed to bring history alive in a most entertaining way. I was so impressed in the epilogue about the sources the author used.
I give it high marks within the mystery genre too. It had a strong, well-structured plot with a forceful conflict, and interesting characters. A few times I felt the physical desciptions of landscapes and background overtook the plot and while the resolution might have been predictable and the solution more by circumstances than by the detective's wit, overall the book was a real page turner. I eagerly look forward to reading more of Saylor's books. ( )
  amaraki | Feb 13, 2022 |
Not quite up to the first one. Thought Crassus in particular was not well defined. But loved the Baiae details. I was confused about the series sequence: this one was the second written but then he wrote two more that occur in the time between this one and the first (Roman Blood). So I am satisfied with the order I'm reading them in. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Interesting read, but it would have been better if Gordianus had actually solved the mystery rather than have another character identify the murderer. ( )
  ChuckRinn | Oct 4, 2020 |
Second in the Gordianus the Finder Roman mysteries. Well plotted novel set during the Spartacus slave revolt--73 BC, which is connected to the murder of the cousin cum steward of Marcus Crassus and subsequent murder of a philosopher, a member of Crassus's household. Author's strong points are his lively and realistic descriptions of Roman life and a well written, well plotted story. I first read it years ago, but it's worth rereading. ( )
  janerawoof | Jun 21, 2016 |
This book was the first that i had read from this Author. I enjoyed so much it was a who done it but in ancient Roman. it was good to read something that did not need DNA testing to find out what happen who did the murder and why. I will be reading more of his books
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South of Rome on the Gulf of Puteoli stands the splendid villa of Marcus Crassus, Rome's wealthiest citizen. When the estate overseer is murdered, Crasus concludes that the deed was done by two missing slaves, who have probably run off to join the Spartacus Slave Revolt. Unless they are found within five days, Crassus vows to massacre his remaining ninety-nine slaves. To Gordianus the Finder falls the fateful task of resolving this riddle from Hades. In a house filled with secrets, the truth is slow to emerge and Gordianus realizes that the labyrinthine path he has chosen just may lead to his own destruction.

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