By Steven Saylor
Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa sequence of novels, set within the later Roman Republic and that includes Gordianus the Finder, has garnered strange acclaim from readers and reviewers alike, developing him as one of many pre-eminent ancient secret writers. In A Gladiator Dies in simple terms Once, the second one number of his award-winning tales that includes Gordianus, Saylor greater than meets his personal excessive criteria. Set among the occasions of his novels Roman Blood and Catilina's Riddle, those formerly untold adventures from the early profession of Gordianus - whilst his followed son, Eco, used to be nonetheless a mute boy and his spouse, Bethesda, was once yet his slave - will satisfaction Saylor's many enthusiasts whereas illuminating info of the traditional global like no different author can.
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If his suspicions were correct, and if I failed him, I would never collect. Dead men pay no debts. For the rest of the day and long into the night, I learned all I could about the consul's wife and the charioteer. My friend Lucius Claudius might move among the rich and powerful, but I had contacts of my own. The best informants on Sempronia's circle of intimates, I decided, would be found at the Senian Baths. Such a close-knit group would visit the baths socially, in couples or groups, the men going to their facility and the women to theirs.
You're new. " she said. "I… had business with the consul," I said. She looked me up and down. "There are circles under your eyes. You look as if you were out all night. " There was a glint in her eye. Was she baiting me? I should have kept my mouth shut, but I didn't. "Like Scorpus? " She pretended to look puzzled. "Scorpus? Oh, yes, my husband's all-purpose sneak. " "Odd. " She sighed. Her smile faded. I saw a glimmer of sympathy in her eyes, and a look that chilled my blood. Such a pleasant fellow, her look seemed to say.
My adopted son took a deep breath and composed himself, then seized my hand and led me across the overgrown garden at the center of the house, under the portico, through a curtained doorway and into his room. By the bright morning light from the small window I surveyed the few furnishings-a narrow sleeping cot, a wooden folding chair, and a small trunk. It was not to these that Eco directed my attention, but to a long niche about knee-high in the plastered wall across from his bed. The last time I had ventured into the room, a hodgepodge of toys had been shoved into the niche-little boats made of wood, a leather ball for playing trigon, pebbles of colored glass for Egyptian board games.