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Catilina's Riddle par [Saylor, Steven]
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Longueur : 737 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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Saylor ( Arms of Nemesis ) has written another gripping and entertaining historical whodunit. Narrator Gordianus, disillusioned by the corruption of Rome circa 63 B.C., has fled the city with his family to live on a farm in the Etruscan countryside. But this bucolic life is disrupted by the machinations and murderous plots of two politicians: Roman consul Cicero, Gordianus's longtime patron; and populist senator Catalina, Cicero's political rival and a candidate to replace him in the annual elections for consul. Claiming that Catalina plans an uprising if he loses the race, Cicero asks Gordianus to keep a watchful eye on the radical. Although he distrusts both men, Gordianus is forced into the center of the power struggle when his six-year-old daughter Diana finds a headless corpse in their stable. Shrewdly depicting deadly political maneuverings, this addictive mystery also displays the author's firm grasp of history and human character.
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Gordianus the Finder, Saylor's world-weary sleuth, strives to keep aloof from the complex politics of republican Rome. After years of investigative work for Cicero, Crassus, and others, Gordianus has become a gentleman farmer in Etruria, where he contends with more commonplace problems like drought and conniving neighbors. Suddenly Gordianus finds himself pulled back into Roman politics, and headless bodies begin to turn up on his farm. Saylor ( Arms of Nemesis , St. Martin's, 1992) carefully plots this novel and accurately depicts Roman society; his attentive study of Roman history and culture is evident throughout. The characters are believable and well delineated. Some minor criticisms: Saylor does not always take care to present historical data naturally, and several overlong conversations on Roman politics interrupt the flow of the story and are in fact historical minilectures directed at the reader. Nevertheless, this is recommended for general collections.
- James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, Va.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Editeur : C & R Crime (24 mars 2011)
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 How could the history of these times be made so uninteresting? 26 septembre 2016
Par Just another reviewer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I found the first two novels of this series a bit too "sexualized" but interesting mysteries with careful attention to historical detail. I then read the short stories written later that provide chronological introduction to the Finder's career and the period between the first and second novels sufficiently interesting to hold my attention, but not much more than that. I decided to give one more book a try but found this one to be is simply odd. Catalina spends a great deal of time sneaking around and making himself generally on the edge of being repellant, but suddenly the Finder is captivated by him and ready to jump into the Roman politics he had seemed so intent on avoiding. The mystery is not all that interesting, and the prose drags on and on. I simply lost interest and didn't finish it. I need space on my bookshelf and hence threw out this book along with the others, which I'm sure I'll never re-read. Time to read some more nonfiction about the ancient world again.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Nail Biting Twists 22 mars 2017
Par Wayne Crenwelge - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am now reading the series. This is a can't-put-it down category. Caesar has now entered the time frame of the characters.....I can't wait to see what the next saga brings in suspense.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is a terrific story about murder 22 février 2015
Par Dan Skelton - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Steven Saylor never fails. Gordianus the Finder removes his family from Rome to escape the hotbed of political intrigue, but ends up, predictably, in the middle of a mystery. This is a terrific story about murder, politics and power, and family. Such rich, rounded, unpredictable characters! You will love living in the Roman countryside with his family, for you know whatever happens, Papa will protect you, sift the riffraff, sort out the grotesque knots of complicated relations and keep you safe. Every problem is seasoned with just the right amount of spice and allurement to keep you turning those pages until finally … sadly … you must let them all go and wait on Saylor's art and craftsmanship to create the next adventure. Long live Steven Saylor, who always teaches me something about history and human nature. If you don't love this novel, get a check up, for you're likely in a vegetative state.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Superb historical fiction 28 juin 2010
Par Roger J. Buffington - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is one of Steven Saylor's excellent "Gordianus the Finder" series of novels set in Republican Rome. It truly constitutes superb entertainment at several levels. Firstly, this novel is permeated with extremely insightful observations concerning the basic nature of Republican Roman society. We see Rome as a society with certain recognizable features of our own, but still shockingly different from Western culture. Slavery, a rigid class system, a thoroughly corrupt system of justice, and a dysfunctional economic system are among the chronic problems of ancient Rome. This novel explains much of this without boring the reader. To the contrary, Saylor's discussions of Roman society and government are fascinating.

Equally fascinating is the plot of this novel. The story is told in the first person by Gordianus the Finder, who is essentially a professional investigator. Here, Gordianus is asked to do certain favors for Consul of Rome Marcus Tullius Cicero. Specifically, Cicero asks Gordianus to play host to Lucius Sergius Catilina, Cicero's sworn enemy. The reasons are complex, and in this novel Gordianus finds himself becoming enmeshed against his will in violent Roman politics of the highest nature.

This novel moves at a leisurely pace, in common with most or all of the Gordianus the Finder novels. This will put off some readers, but I found myself enjoying every page of the novel. This one is an excellent read, made even better by the fact that the author has something to say. Catilina is a controversial figure in Roman political history and to this day historians argue about whether he was the rogue that Cicero made him out to be. What we see in this novel is that the ruling Roman aristocracy is smothering the middle and lower classes and political change is inevitable. Perhaps Catilina was trying, with many allies, to effect this change. As the "Afterword" in this novel points out, Catilina was the loser and the histories were written by his enemies. Likely we will never fully understand the man or his intentions.

Author Saylor's portrayal of the aristocratic Claudius family is hilarious. Saylor clearly has little use for the Roman upper classes as he believes they existed in late Republican Rome.

The gradual pace of this novel is offset by the fact that it neatly ties up most of its loose ends in a startling and entertaining fashion that most readers will appreciate. Besides being good history, this novel is also excellent storytelling.

Highly recommended. RJB.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 As a student of the Classical world, I can ... 28 avril 2016
Par J. M. Adams - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a student of the Classical world, I can appreciate how much research Saylor puts into his Gordianus mysteries. This is less of a mystery than a historical novel covering the year 63 BC when Cicero was the consul and "put down" the Catiline Conspiracy. Very long, but with reason, this book brings to life the Roman Republic at a time when it was teetering on the brink of becoming the Roman Empire ruled by emperors not senators and consuls.
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