By Steven Saylor

In the yr forty eight B.C., Rome is in the course of Civil warfare. As Pompey and Caesar struggle for regulate of the Republic, Rome turns into a hotbed of intrigue, pushed through espionage, greed and betrayals.

A attractive younger seeress staggers around the Roman industry and dies within the palms of Gordianus the Finder. in all probability mad and claiming no reminiscence of her previous, Cassandra― like her Trojan namesake―was reputed to have the present of prophecy, a present many in Rome could pay for handsomely...or hotel to homicide.

Obsessed with Cassandra's secret, Gordianus investigates her homicide. As he peels away the veils of secrecy surrounding her lifestyles and loss of life, he discovers an internet of conspiracy linking lots of Rome's so much ruthless and strong girls. Now Gordianus's pursuit not just endangers his personal lifestyles, yet may well switch the way forward for Rome.

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Mother's right," said Diana. "Sometimes you see whole families wandering about with no place to go, especially down by the river. You feel sorry for them, of course, but what can anyone do? And some of them are dangerous. They look dangerous, anyway. " "Victims of the war," I said, shaking my head. "It was the same when I was your age, Diana, during the first civil war. Refugees from the countryside, runaway slaves, orphans running wild in the streets. " I was remembering Sulla's bloody dictatorship and the heads of his enemies mounted on spikes all over the Forum.

But I knew that litter, with its red-and-white stripes, all too well. Eight years ago its occupant had been one of the most public women in Rome, notorious for her flamboyance and high spirits. Then she had dragged her estranged young lover into the courts and made the grave mistake of crossing Cicero. The result had been a disastrous public humiliation from which she had never recovered. Then her brother (some said lover) Clodius met his end on the Appian Way, and her spirit seemed to have been snuffed out altogether.

Insisted Androcles. "And sure enough, he headed straight to Caesar's house. We stayed out of sight and watched him knock on the door. ' And the messenger said, 'Good news! ' " I let out a sigh of relief and blinked away sudden tears. The surge of emotion caught me by surprise. I coughed and managed to speak despite the catch in my throat. " He addressed himself as much to Volcatius as to me, drawn by the glimmer of hope in his fellow Pompeian's rheumy eyes. "When Caesar reached the other side, it was the middle of the night; and right away he unloaded his troops and sent the ships back to Brundisium to pick up the rest of his men, including the cavalry.

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