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Roman Blood

Saylor, Steven

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ISBN 10: 0312064543 / ISBN 13: 9780312064549
Published by St Martin's Press, New York, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A nice copy of the first edition, first printing of the Saylor's uncommon first novel. Text is tight and clean. Appears unread or barely so. Lettering to spine is bright and unflaked. In a Near Fine + bright dust jacket (in mylar) w/scuff to spine crown, very light edge wear. Previous owners' embossed impression to title page. No remainder mark or spray. Price Clipped. Not ex-lib. Not a Book Club Edition. This is a nice copy at a very good price. Compare and see. Photos sent upon request. Accurate Descriptions/Quality Books/Unmatched Prices. Bookseller Inventory # 4958-TS

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Title: Roman Blood

Publisher: St Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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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

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My high school Latin teacher -- Sister Ethelreda, are you out there in cyberspace? -- enthralled her class for four years with her tales of ancient Rome, from culinary trivia to the deeds of the noble generals and the great Roman patriots. It was her hope, as she said, not only to teach us this beautiful language but to be able to bring to life for us the people who formed the vibrant culture that was Rome's. I heard an echo of her words many years later when I read THE FAR ARENA, in which the protagonist wished earnestly to be able to turn a doorknob in time and find the Roman behind the door.

With Steven Saylor's mysteries, we have that Roman behind the door. Set in ancient Rome before the rise of Julius Caesar, these are not your usual cozy reads. His detective, Gordianus the Finder, seems a scruffy sort, not a noble Roman from the history books by any means, and his Rome is a rough-and-tumble place full of noisy street vendors and con artists as well as more well-to-do, upstanding citizens, a city full of gossip and intrigue and nasty politics as vicious as anything we see today. The noble Romans do appear in his books, of course, but they're a far cry from the bloodless statues who watch serenely from the covers of Latin books as students painstakingly translate their dry speeches. Marcus Tullius Cicero, for one, appears in CATILINA'S RIDDLE not as a statesman but as an underhanded schemer obsessed with destroying Lucius Sergius Catilina, who has gone down in history, rightly or wrongly, as a man who attempted to bring down the Roman Republic. You, the reader, will be left to judge.

--Margaret Sanborn, Senior Publicity Copywriter

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