A Gladiator Dies Only Once: The Further Investigations of Gordianus the Finder

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Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series of novels, set in the late Roman Republic and featuring Gordianus the Finder, has garnered unusual acclaim from readers and reviewers alike, establishing him as one of the pre-eminent historical crime writers. In A Gladiator Dies Only Once, the second collection of his award-winning stories featuring Gordianus, Saylor more than meets his own high standards. Set during period between the events of his novels Roman Blood and Catalina's Riddle, these previously untold adventures range from twisted search for truth behind a threatening blind item in the Acta Diurna ("The Consul's Wife") and a kidnapping and murder during the revolt of Sertorius ("The White Fawn") to the story behind Cicero's discovery of Archimedes's tomb ("Archimedes Tomb") and a perplexing domestic situation in Gordianus's own home ("If a Cyclops Could Vanish in a Glimpse of an Eye.")

These tales from the early career of Gordianus - when his adopted son Eco was still a mute boy and his wife Bethesda was but his slave - will delight Saylor's many fans while illuminating the details of the ancient world like no other writer can.

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"Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthralls." - Ruth Rendell, The Sunday Times (London)

"A vivid and robust writer, Saylor invests his books with exquisite detail and powerful drama." - Philadelphia Inquirer on A Mist of Prophecies

"Saylor puts such great detail and tumultuous life into his scenes that the sensation of rubbing elbows with the ancients is quite uncanny." - The New York Times Book Review on A Murder on the Appian Way

"Rivals Robert Graves in his knack for making the classical world come alive. The puzzle is subtle, the characters vivid, the writing sublime - proof the mystery can be a work of art." - The Oregonian on The Venus Throw

"Saylor's scholarship and knowledge of day-to-day living in old Rome bring the age alive with all its intensity and intricacies." - Tampa Tribune on A Mist of Prophecies

"Saylor shows once again why fans of ancient historicals regard him as the leader of the field." - Publishers Weekly (starred review) on A Mist of Prophecies

About the Author:

Steven Saylor is the author of numerous books featuring Gordianus the Finder, most recently the novel The Judgment of Caesar. He is currently at work on a new historical novel, Roma, and divides his time between Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas.

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