The River God's Vengeance

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Recently elected to the office of aedile, Decius's new official duties include a probe into the recent collapse of a tenement building, an investigation that leads to the discovery of more than shoddy construction materials.

McMillan Palgrave
Ancient Rome, in this accurate and evocative series, is just as politics driven as any major American city -- possibly even more. Decius Caecilius Metellus has, through a series of rather wild adventure, and in the act of tracking down killers and other reprobates, barely escaped annhilation several times. Now, newly elected to the office of aedile, the lowest rung on the ladder of Roman authority, he must smoke out corruption and conspiracy that threaten to destroy all of Rome.

Blackwell North Amer
In the waning days of the Roman republic, the adventures of Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger have taken him from one end of the empire to the other, usually fleeing from trouble just to find himself in more trouble wherever he ends up going. Decius's heart belongs to Rome, however. With a family as impressive as his name sounds, a close friendship with the leader of one of Rome's most powerful street gangs, and a marriage to the niece of Julius Caesar, he has finally taken the first step on Rome's political ladder, with an election to the lowly office of aedile.
As aedile, Decius's most important responsibility is to buy the people's love by staging elaborate games, filled with wild beasts and ferocious gladiatorial combat, all enormously expensive and paid for out of the aedile's own pocket. Decius does have to squeeze in his more mundane obligations, though, such as maintaining records, clearing the sewers, and generally keeping Rome from falling apart.
When Decius's official responsibilities require him to investigate the collapse of a tenement building, his sense of duty won't allow him to write it off as just another example of greedy slumlords using shoddy materials. As Decius's hunt for justice implicates some of Rome's most powerful figures, so powerful that even Cicero can't help Decius, he must turn for help to a most unlikely ally.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312323196
Branch Call Number: Mystery Roberts
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: River god's vengeance


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