The King's Gambit

The King's Gambit

Book - 2001
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Blackmail, corruption, treachery, murder--the glory that was Rome.

In this Edgar Award-nominated mystery, John Maddox Roberts takes readers back to a Rome filled with violence and evil. Vicious gangs ruled the streets of Crassus and Pompey, routinely preying on plebeian and patrician alike, so the garroting of a lowly ex-slaved and the disembowelment of a foreign merchant in the dangerous Subura district seemed of little consequence to the Roman hierarchy. But Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger--highborn commander of the local vigiles --was determined to investigate. Despite official apathy, brazen bribes, and sinister threates, Decius uncovers a world of corruption at the highest levels of his government that threatens to destroy him and the government he serves.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, [2001], c1990.
Edition: First St. Martin's Minotaur edition
ISBN: 9780312277055
Branch Call Number: M ROBERTS
Characteristics: 274 pages : 1 map ; 21 cm.


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May 12, 2014

An organization chart of Rome's many political and religious offices would help.

Aug 26, 2012

A man has been found murdered, and it is up to Decius Caecilius Mettelus the Younger, commander of the local vigiles to figure out who did the deed. As the bodies begin to pile up, Decius begins to realize that there is a lot more going on here than simple gang murders or robberies gone bad. But the he begins to come under pressure from the powerful in Rome to sweep the murders under the rug, something he just can't do. This places more than future career in jeopardy and Decius realizes he needs a lot of help and luck to catch the murderer and make it out alive.

A great murder mystery set in late republican Rome. You will recognize some of history's great names in the background (sometimes even as fairly major players). Good mystery with a great setting and an excellent ending.

A must for the historical mystery set.


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