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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (16 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845292464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845292461
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 498,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Saylor is the author of EMPIRE: THE NOVEL OF IMPERIAL ROME, a follow-up to the international bestseller ROMA: THE NOVEL OF ANCIENT ROME. These two epic novels comprise a multi-generational saga that spans the first 1200 years of the city, from Iron Age trading post to the height of empire under Hadrian.

Steven is also the author of the ROMA SUB ROSA series of historical mysteries featuring Gordianus the Finder, set in the ancient Rome of Cicero, Caesar, and Cleopatra. The latest book in the series is THE SEVEN WONDERS, a prequel that follows the 18-year-old Gordianus on his journey to the Seven Wonders of the World.

To read the previous volumes of the ROMA SUB ROSA series in chronological order, begin with ROMAN BLOOD, then THE HOUSE OF THE VESTALS (short stories), A GLADIATOR DIES ONLY ONCE (short stories), ARMS OF NEMESIS , CATILINA'S RIDDLE, THE VENUS THROW, A MURDER ON THE APPIAN WAY, RUBICON, LAST SEEN IN MASSILIA, A MIST OF PROPHECIES, THE JUDGMENT OF CAESAR, and THE TRIUMPH OF CAESAR.

Outside the Roman books are two novels set in Steven's native Texas. A TWIST AT THE END is based on America's first recorded serial murders, which terrorized Austin, Texas in 1885. The chief protagonist is young Will Porter, who later became famous as O. Henry. HAVE YOU SEEN DAWN? is a contemporary thriller set in a small Texas town not unlike the one where Steven grew up.

Steven's books have been published in 21 languages, and book tours have taken him across the United States, England, and Europe. He has appeared as an expert on Roman life on The History Channel, and has spoken at numerous college campuses, The Getty Villa, and the International Conference on the Ancient Novel.

Steven was born in Texas in 1956 and graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and Classics. He divides his time between homes in Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas. "If I could have another home," he says, "it would definitely be in London, my favorite big city in the world." When not using his brain, he likes to keep in shape running, swimming, and lifting weights.

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Compulsively entertaining (New York Times)

A marvellously authentic slice of antiquity that will serve as a savoury treat for fans both of mystery and historical fiction (Booklist)

Sensuoulsy written...........spellbinding (Publishers Weekly)

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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.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
I am currently reading my way through this marvellous series of books, this being the second (following 'Roman Blood') The Ancient Roman detective Gordianus the Finder travels south from Rome to the Cup of Italy, playground of the seriously wealthy, in order to solve a murder for which two slaves have been blamed. I was not disappointed with this after really enjoying the first novel. The books contain a wealth of factual historical information which is interwoven with the fiction. These are not dry historical tomes, but easy to read enjoyable 'whodunnits' which educate and entertain in equal quantities. A fast paced mystery from a superb writer.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Arms of Nemesis is another in Saylor's Gordianus the Finder series. This one addresses the issue of Roman slavery, and Gordianus' attitudes to it while working for Marcus Crassus at his country villa solving a murder. It brings in Sparticus' slave revolt to give the social aspect of the book focus, so that while you are reading another gripping detective book, there is also the other thought provoking side. The mystery itself has the usual twists and turns, and although there is a great deal of scholarly research that is obviously behind all the details, Arms of Nemesis is incredibly easy to read. What more could you want from a book?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bee of Good Cheer VINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
Although superficially similar to the Falco series by Lindsey Davis, I found this book to be much superior.

To me, Gordianus is the more real character of the two - more human, more fallible, less of a wise cracking smart arse. Okay, so the book wasn't as funny (although there is wit) but it seemed to be a richer novel because of this.

The sights and sounds of Roman life are graphically detailed - perhaps a little too much in the scenes set on a galley - the author has obviously done stacks of research, but he wears it lightly, and facts aren't crammed in at the expense of plot.

I'll be searching out more by this author!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Coleman on 19 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
I have to admit that when it comes to reading books in a series, I am one of those people who tend to get, save or collect a few and then read them all in a row in order to get some consistency and ongoing relationship with the characters - also without having to wait for the next one in the series being brought out in `cheapy' paperback format !! (Cheapskate!) So I found this book not only enthralling for the story, but also entertaining to follow the progression of `Detective' Gordianus, his adopted son Eco, his wife and the rest of the Roman household occupants.

Basic story overview ? Gordianus is awoken in the middle of the night and whisked off with his son Eco to one of the private estates of the rich - but never-the-less- `ill-fated' Marcus Crassus. On the suspicious death of one of Crassus's employees and family members, Crassus has ordered the entire slave retinue - men, women and children - to be slaughtered within three days unless the truth comes out - and maybe not even then if a slave is proven to be guilty.

Like all mystery novels in this genre, the author has filled this book with a variety of richly illustrated characters who all seem to have had a reason for murdering the victim. From poets, philosophers, soldiers, engineers, artists and slaves, everyone could be the mysterious killer. The actual full events do not come out until near the end, and though I could spoil it for you and tell you who did it, I will just say it was not the butler - or was it ! There is certainly no easy guessing the end of the story like the `House Of Vestels'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 May 2007
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Steven Saylor's fascination with Ancient Rome began in his childhood. A history graduate and former newspaper and magazine editor, he lives in Berkeley, California. His series of books about Ancient Rome and featuring Gordianus the Finder are extremely popular both here in England and also in America. Anyone who is a fan of Lindsey Davis will love these books too.

Gordianus the Finder, the investigator of crimes, a man whose skill and integrity have made him much sought after by some of the most important men in Rome. Men who may need a secret to be kept, men who need to know that when Gordianus is working for them he will be discreet and not susceptible to bribery.

Marcus Crassus is the wealthiest man in Rome. Apart from all his property and businesses in Rome he has a fine villa in the Gulf of Puteoli. When his estate manager is found murdered it seems pretty obvious to the great man that the deed was done by two of his missing slaves. A renegade gladiator called Spartacus is mounting a rebellion and two of Crassus's slaves are missing, probably run off to join the Slave Revolt.

Crassus vows that unless the missing slaves are found within 5 days he will massacre his remaining slave. It falls to Gordianus to find out the truth of the matter and in a place riddled with intrigue and secrets Gordianus realises that all is not as it seems and the deeper he delves the more danger he is bringing upon himself.
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