By John Maddox Roberts
Blackmail, corruption, treachery, murder--the glory that used to be Rome.
In this Edgar Award-nominated secret, John Maddox Roberts takes readers again to a Rome jam-packed with violence and evil. Vicious gangs governed the streets of Crassus and Pompey, oftentimes preying on plebeian and patrician alike, so the garroting of a lowly ex-slaved and the disembowelment of a overseas service provider within the harmful Subura district appeared of little outcome to the Roman hierarchy. yet Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger--highborn commander of the neighborhood vigiles--was made up our minds to enquire. regardless of legit apathy, brazen bribes, and sinister threates, Decius uncovers a global of corruption on the maximum degrees of his govt that threatens to spoil him and the govt he serves.
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