Decius Caecilius Metellus, this year’s magistrate for cases involving foreigners, is living the good life in southern Italy, happy to be away from Rome, a city suffering war jitters over Caesar’s impending actions.
When the priests of Apollo are all killed, the countryside looks to explode in violence as Greeks, Romans and native Italians of several conquered nations bring out old enmities. Decius is caught squarely in the middle, desperate to find a way out that will pacify the district and, incidentally, save his own skin.
This riveting series began with the Edgar Award-nominated SPQR and has gone on to international success in 13 languages. The mysteries are intriguing and this is one of the best of the series.
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