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, setting up him as one of many pre-eminent old secret writers. In A Gladiator Dies simply Once, the second one selection 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 occupation of Gordianus - whilst his followed son, Eco, used to be nonetheless a mute boy and his spouse, Bethesda, used to be yet his slave - will satisfaction Saylor's many fanatics 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.
As Venus passed-favorite of gamblers as well as lovers-coins showered down from the crowd and were scooped up by her priests. The procession of gods ended with an enormous gilded statue of Jupiter on his throne, borne upon a cart so large it took twenty men to pull it. Next came the charioteers who would be racing that day, slowly circling the track in chariots festooned with the color of their team, red or white. To many in the stands, they were heroes larger than life. There was a chant for every racer, and chants for the lead horses as well.
Suspicion-that was the first race. Then Lightning… Straight Arrow… Bright Eyes… Golden Dagger… Partridge… Oh! By Hercules! Gordianus, you don't think-that item in the Daily…" I quoted from memory. " 'The bookworm pokes his head outside tomorrow. Easy prey for the sparrow, but partridges go hungry. Bright-eyed Sappho says: Be suspicious! A dagger strikes faster than lightning. Better yet: an arrow. " I left the crowded stadium and hurried through the empty streets. Decimus Brutus would be detained by the closing ceremonies.