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The ancient Roman world comes to life in this complex tale of horrific murder. Pliny the Younger and Tacitus, the future historian, are returning from a posting by caravan and break the journey in Smyrna. In the morning one of their number is discovered with his heart cut out. The authorities assume his slaves are responsible and prepare to take action: torture and death for all the man’s enslaved household. Pliny is convinced not all is as it seems: the man did not die from having his heart removed, and the guilty party is not among his slaves. More than a sense of justice motivates Pliny to work quickly; at risk is a beautiful and innocent young slave girl. Pliny calls in the help of Tacitus and others in the caravan, Luke the biblical physician and his young companion Timothy. First in the award-winning series. Second in the series, The Blood of Caesar, was named a Best Mystery of 2008 by Library Journal.
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ALBERT BELL is a literary renaissance man. His previously published works include: nonfiction, historical fiction and mysteries. His articles and stories have appeared in magazines and newspapers from Jack and Jill and True Experience to the Detroit Free Press and Christian Century. Dr. Bell has taught at Hope College in Holland, Michigan since 1978, first with an appointment shared between classics and history; and, since 1994, as Professor of History and chair of the department. He holds a PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as an MA from Duke and an MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married for 40 years to Bettye Jo Barnes Bell, a psychologist; they have four children and a grandchild. Bell discovered his love for writing in high school with his first publication in 1972. Although he considers himself a “shy person,” he believes he is a storyteller more than a literary artist. He says, “When I read a book I’m more interested in one with a plot that keeps moving rather than long descriptive passages or philosophical reflection.” He writes books he would enjoy reading himself. Visit the author’s website at: www.albertbell.com
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