SPQR I: The Kings Gambit: A Mystery by John Maddox Roberts

SPQR I: The Kings Gambit: A Mystery

byJohn Maddox Roberts

Paperback | August 24, 2001

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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.

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John Maddox Roberts has written numerous works of science fiction and fantasy, in addition to his successful historical SPQR mystery series. SPQR XIII: The Year of Confusion was published in 2010. He lives in New Mexico with his wife.
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Title:SPQR I: The Kings Gambit: A MysteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.64 inPublished:August 24, 2001Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312277059

ISBN - 13:9780312277055

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"This literate mystery introduces the newest in an ever-expanding genre of quirky dicks: Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger, a high-born bad boy, but patriotic head of a civil detective force in ancient Rome." -Publishers Weekly