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The King's Gambit (1990)

av John Maddox Roberts

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Serier: SPQR (1)

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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-slave 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 vigils, was determined to investigate. Despite official apathy, brazen bribes, and sinister threats, Decius uncovers a world of corruption at the highest levels of his government that threatens to destroy him and the government he serves.… (mer)
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Introduction to Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger, a young man of good family occupying one of the beginning positions of civil government. His duty to investigate an arson and two murders in his ward lead him to a conspiracy among highly placed men. Nevertheless he persists, even daring to ask the aid of his aunt, a venerable member of the College of Vestals. His investigations take him to noble townhouses, the palatial home of an enormously wealthy freedman, a school for gladiators and the port city of Ostia. Trey also take him into danger of his life. We meat the young Julius Caesar, only a playboy deeply in debt at this point and the Publius Claudius whose gangs sway Roman politics. Engrossing and entertaining for those who enjoy historical mysteries. ( )
  ritaer | Jul 4, 2019 |
Roberts is a great writer. I bought this on the strength of his Conan Novels. Can't wait to dig into the rest of the series. Well researched, quick paced and exciting. ( )
  Joe73 | Sep 22, 2017 |
This was a solidly written story set back in the time of the Roman Republic where Metellus, a minor official, starts investigating a murder, a warehouse fire and another murder, after being strongly advised to sign off on easy solutions. Unfortunately for him, he feels an urge to look for the truth, no matter how dangerous it is. He seems oblivious to some obvious players, but gradually blunders his way through with persistence and making some very helpful friends.
Extremely well narrated by Simon Vance.
Not as light-hearted as Lindsey Davis' Falco series.
A nice ending. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
Nice start to a series. Being very familiar with Ancient Rome and Roman ways, this was a pretty good story that felt incredibly nostalgic to me. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Set in the 1st century ancient Rome, this murder mystery will have you hooked and wanting more. In the time of Crassus and Pompey, murder and intrigue are not that uncommon. However, their is the dual murders of an ex-slave and a foreign merchant that catch the eye of Decius Caecilius Metellus. He isn’t willing to write these deaths off so quickly.

When I was younger, I read several of these SPQR books in paperback. I just couldn’t get enough of them. I was very delighted to find them in audio and narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Simon Vance. This book is a great introduction to the series and our main hero and detective Decius. I really enjoy how the murder trail cuts through several levels of society. This book doesn’t focus on the rich and famous, but rather, makes them the backdrop to the rest of Roman society.

There is a bit of sex in this book. Or rather, there is plenty of sensuality that leads up to the sex, which is then mostly done behind a curtain. The lead up was very well done. There were drugs and alcohol and tumblers involved, so it was all a little fuzzy to Decius the next morning. Coinciding with that, I wish there were a few more female characters in the story. But that is my only quibble with this book.

The author does a great job of putting the reader in ancient Rome. The food and the clothes and the lack of modern plumbing are all there for the reader experience. Plus the author does a great job of showing societal norms of the time, which is important in understanding the mindset of the main characters. He doesn’t try to take modern morals and shove them into an ancient Roman character.

The Narration: Simon Vance was awesome as always. He had distinct voices for both males and females. He didn’t hesitate at all with the Latin phrases tossed in here and there. ( )
  DabOfDarkness | Jun 21, 2015 |
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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-slave 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 vigils, was determined to investigate. Despite official apathy, brazen bribes, and sinister threats, Decius uncovers a world of corruption at the highest levels of his government that threatens to destroy him and the government he serves.

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