352 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in
February 1, 2011
Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0743266110
ISBN - 13: 9780743266116
About the Book
From the bestselling author of "Fatherland" and "Enigma," comes the second novel in his trilogy about Cicero and Rome, "Conspirata."
Read from the Book
I TWODAYS BEFORE the inauguration of Marcus Tullius Cicero as consul of Rome, the body of a child was pulled from the River Tiber, close to the boat sheds of the republican war fleet. Such a discovery, though tragic, would not normally have warranted the attention of a consul-elect. But there was something so grotesque about this particular corpse, and so threatening to civic peace, that the magistrate responsible for keeping order in the city, Gaius Octavius, sent word to Cicero asking him to come at once. Cicero at first was reluctant to go, pleading pressure of work. As the consular candidate who had topped the poll, it fell to him, rather than his colleague, to preside over the opening session of the Senate, and he was writing his inaugural address. But I knew there was more to it than that. He had an unusual squeamishness about death. Even the killing of animals in the games disturbed him, and this weakness—for, alas, in politics a soft heart is always perceived as a weakness—had started to be noticed. His immediate instinct was to send me in his place. “Of course I shall go,” I replied carefully. “But—” I let my sentence trail away. “But?” he said sharply. “But what? You think it will look bad?” I held my tongue and continued transcribing his speech. The silence lengthened. “Oh, very well,” he groaned at last. He heaved himself to his feet. “Octavius is a dull dog, but steady enough. He wouldn’t summon me unless it was important. In any case I need to clear my head.” I
From the Publisher
From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Enigma, comes the second novel in his trilogy about <_st13a_city>Cicero and <_st13a_city><_st13a_place>Rome, Conspirata.
About the Author
Author Robert Harris was born in Nottingham, England in 1957. He attended King Edward VII College and Selwyn College. He has worked as a BBC journalist, the Political Editor of the Observer, and a columnist for The Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph. He was named Columnist of the Year by the British Press in 2003. He has written both fiction and nonfiction books and currently lives in Berkshire, England.
"Republican Rome, with all its grandeur and corruption, has rarely been made as vivid." -- Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times (London)