Praise for Steven Saylor and THE THRONE OF CAESAR
"Can a murder whose killers’ identities and motives are known in advance provide the basis for a gripping whodunit? Saylor answers that question with a definitive yes in his thrilling and moving (The Throne of Caesar)." – Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"Steven Saylor uses the reader’s foreknowledge of history to create a special kind of suspense."
– Kirkus Reviews
"The Throne of Caesar is a fitting capstone to one of the most important series in mystery fiction. As always, Gordianus the Finder proves to be a shrewd and compassionate observer of the most tumultuous events in Roman history." – Gardner Dozois, editor of the New York Times bestselling Warriors
“Et tu, Brute?”
The assassination of Julius Caesar may be the most famous murder in history, but with a fresh twist on the Ides of March—and an investigation into a certain other murder that took place in March 44 B.C.—author Steven Saylor brings his series about Gordianus the Finder to “a satisfying conclusion” (so says the Sunday Times of London) in THE THRONE OF CAESAR (Minotaur Books; on sale February 20, 2018; $27.99).
Gordianus the Finder, after decades of investigating crimes and murders involving the powerful, has firmly and finally retired. But on the morning of March 10 he’s first summoned to meet with Cicero and then with Caesar himself, recently named Dictator for Life. Both men have the same request of Gordianus—keep your ear to the ground, ask around, and find out if there are any credible threats against Caesar’s life.
Caesar has one other important matter to discuss. When the Senate next meets on the Ides of March, the Dictator intends to bestow on Gordianus an almost unthinkable honor for a man of his humble origins—an honor that promises to change the destiny of Gordianus and his family for generations to come.
As the fateful day draws near, Gordianus must dust off his old skills and see what sort of conspiracy against Caesar, if any, he can uncover. But the Ides of March are fast approaching...
Steven Saylor’s Roma Sub Rosa series about Gordianus comprises 14 novels and 20 short stories, many of them first published in the pages of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. His long and fruitful relationship with EQMM began auspiciously with “A Will Is a Way” in the March 1992 issue, which won the Robert L. Fish Award for best debut in the mystery genre, presented at each year’s Edgar Award banquet. Like the first novel in the series, Roman Blood, “A Will Is a Way” was based on an actual trial speech by the great orator of the Roman law courts, Cicero—a figure with whom Gordianus develops a tangled relationship over the last tumultuous decades of the dying Roman Republic. Saylor’s most recent Gordianus short story, “The Staff of Asclepius,” was written especially for a 75th Anniversary issue (July 2016) with stories from writers who “got their break” in EQMM.
It’s been a long and productive career. As the Sunday Times of London noted in its review: “For more than 25 years, the most reliably entertaining and well-researched novels about the ancient world have been Steven Saylor’s tales of the Roman proto-detective Gordianus the Finder. THE THRONE OF CAESAR brings the series to a satisfying conclusion.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
STEVEN SAYLOR is the author of the acclaimed Roma Sub Rosa series of historical mystery novels featuring Gordianus the Finder, beginning with Roman Blood, as well as the internationally bestselling family saga novels Empire and Roma, which span the history of ancient Rome from its very beginning. He has appeared on the History Channel as an expert on Roman politics and life. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.
THE THRONE OF CAESAR
By Steven Saylor
February 20, 2018; Hardcover
EBook ISBN: 978-1-250-08713-3
$27.99 US/$38.99 CAN
Additional Praise for THE THRONE OF CAESAR
"What a marvel! The assassination of Julius Caesar in a brand new light, with an amazing and shocking twist to the event we all thought we knew. Saylor’s masterful storytelling puts you right there, wonderstruck and wide-eyed. Deliciously immersive, captivating entertainment from a justly celebrated writer."
– Margaret George, author of The Confessions of Young Nero
"Steven Saylor's remarkable writing in The Throne of Caesar is so rich in realistic detail that ancient Rome literally unfolds before your eyes. If anyone wants to understand Rome at the end of the Republic, there's no better fictional narrative. Like Mary Renault's magic with words, historical fiction tinged by legend or myth intertwined with known facts and archaeological verity just could not be more elegantly written than here with Saylor's astonishing grasp of Roman life."
– Patrick Hunt, Ph. D., Stanford University, author of Hannibal
"A rip-roaring detective adventure for fans of Steven Saylor’s Roman intrepid hero Gordianus, who finds himself embedded in the inner circle of Julius Caesar himself, as destiny ticks."
– Adrienne Mayor, author of The Poison King and Amazons
“Exciting and passionate, The Throne of Caesar paints a fresh picture of Rome on the Ides of March. Steven Saylor has written another page-turner of a mystery that, while wonderfully imaginative, is rooted in real events.”
– Barry Strauss, Cornell University, author of The Death of Caesar: the Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination
“Writing a detective story about one of the most famous murders in history is no easy feat, but Saylor carries it off with characteristic brilliance. In this novel, he captures perfectly the tragic and uncanny charisma of Caesar himself, the sense of gathering threat, and the barely-restrained chaos that will soon shake the city to its core…the assassination and funeral of the great dictator are made dazzlingly real in these pages. But the true story leads further still, towards a startling and grisly finale.”
—Ian Ross, author of The Twilight of Empire series
“What can you do, as a novelist, with the most famous murder in history?…That Steven Saylor has taken up the challenge in full may explain why he has fair claim to be our greatest living historical novelist…What lifts Saylor into a class of his own is that the Roman world as you see it through the eyes of Gordianus is a real place, filled with breathing characters.”
—Richard Blake, author of The Death of Rome series
"Saylor’s meaty portrayal of ancient Rome remains compelling." – Booklist
"Saylor can be a compelling (and sometimes very funny) storyteller, with a striking talent for historical reconstruction…Half a century before imperial rule, Gordianus' Rome is a crumbling democracy; ideology is a dirty word; politicians struggle for naked power, not principles; hands are everywhere in the till; political debate is reduced to flashy spectacles and sound bites; only the forms of the democratic constitution still totter on. For all its complex oddities, Saylor is asking us to feel very much at home in Gordianus’ Rome.”
– Mary Beard, author of SPQR (Times Literary Supplement, on Catilina’s Riddle)