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A Gladiator Dies Only Once
by Steven Saylor

Category: Fiction / Mystery
288 pages; ISBN: 0312271204

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


A Gladiator Dies Only Once
Steven Saylor
St. Martin’s, Jun 2005, $23.95, 288 pp.
ISBN: 0312271204

These nine tales all written in the past decade take place in Ancient Rome in the middle of the first century BC and star Gordianus the finder whose clients provides him with plenty of work (payment is a different story). The cases vary and those “hiring” Gordianus are as wild a group as any detective (make that a finder) might imagine working for. The stories are fun mostly because they provide a deep look at Ancient Rome and the eccentricity of the support characters. Gordianus is his usual witty self, matching and trumping opponents with his intelligence and humor especially the asides. Though not quite as strong as the novels (see THE JUDGMENT OF CAESAR), readers will find each contribution is well written and fun to read.

Harriet Klausner


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