Baker & Taylor In Rome in 80 B.C., Gordianus the Finder is hired by Cicero, a brilliant and ambitious young orator about to defend his first case, to investigate a wealthy farmer accused of the murder of his father, in a novel based on an actual case
Elena asks that you come to the House of Swans at once . . . Compelled by this message, the wealthy, sybaritic Sextus Roscius goes not to his harlot, but to his doom—savagely murdered by unknown assassins. In the unseasonable heat of a spring morning in 80 B.C., Gordianus the Finder is summoned to the house of Cicero, a young advocate staking his reputation on this case. The charge is patricide; the motive, a son's greed. The punishment, rooted deep in Roman tradition, is horrific beyond imagining.
Gordianus's investigation takes him through the city's raucous, pungent streets and deep into urban Umbria, unraveling layers of deceit, twisted passions, and murderous desperation. From pompous, rouged nobles to wily slaves to citizens of seemingly simple virtue, the case becomes a political nightmare. As the defense proceeds toward a devastating confrontation in the Forum, one man's fate may be threaten the very leaders of Rome itself.
Baker & Taylor Set in 80 B.C., Gordianus is placed in a position to investigate the murder of a son by his father, but while uncovering information about the case on the streets of Umbria, he finds himself wrapped up in a dangerous web of politics and power. Reprint.