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Nox Dormienda: A Long Night for Sleeping (An Arcturus Mystery)

Stanley, Kelli

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ISBN 10: 1594146667 / ISBN 13: 9781594146664
Published by Five Star (ME), 2008
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Nox Dormienda: A Long Night for Sleeping (An...

Publisher: Five Star (ME)

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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One week to solve a murder.

Londinium, 83 AD. Vibius Maecenas, spy for Emperor Domitian, lies on an underground altar ... his throat slit to the spinal chord.

One week to stop a civil war.

Arcturus, the governor's doctor and sometime investigator, must find out who butchered him--and why--before Agricola and all of Britannia are plunged into civil war with Rome. He'd also like to know where the blonde fits in ...

Welcome to Roman Noir.

NOX DORMIENDA is the first of a new series in a new genre: Roman Noir. Featuring Arcturus, a hardboiled protagonist in the best Philip Marlowe tradition, NOX is a different kind of historical mystery, a suspense thriller that combines a classic noir style with the rich texture of the ancient past.

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Saturnalia is almost over, but drunks and gamblers aren't the only denizens of Londinium knocking on the doctor's door. The winter of 836 a.u.c. (83 A.D.) is cold and bitter. The year's final exhale will be colder still.

Arcturus--the half-native, half-Roman doctor and occasional problem-solver--has seen much in his thirty-three years. He's risen--despite not playing the politics game. He is Agricola's doctor. And Agricola's friend. And Agricola is the governor of Britannia.

Now, on a frozen December afternoon, he learns the governor is in trouble. The Emperor Domitian has sent a spy to Britannia--a spy carrying papers demanding Agricola's resignation. It doesn't make Arcturus any warmer to know that the spy, a Syrian named Vibius Maecenas, is betrothed to the woman who brings him the story. The woman--Gwyna--is as unforgettable as her information.

When Arcturus sends his freedman Bilicho to follow her, he finds himself, hours later, in an underground temple, staring at a shapeless hulk on top the altar. It's the trussed, dead body of Maecenas, with a gaping hole in place of a throat.

If Arcturus doesn't find out who murdered him and why, Domitian might think the governor is responsible. The fat, dead Syrian will ignite a civil war, one hot enough to thaw the ice in frozen Britannia.

He has seven days to unravel fact from story, truth from rumor, and motive from murder. He must walk a carnival landscape of fear and uncertainty, strewn with sadistic pimps, drunken whores, well-bred politicians and four more deaths.

Nox Dormienda is a nightmare vision of Roman Britain, a lightning-paced historical mystery that blends hardboiled prose and impeccably researched historical background. It is the first novel of a new series and a new genre of mystery fiction: it is Roman Noir.

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