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.