Sacred Games

Sacred Games

Book - 2013
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Random House, Inc.
The third book in the critically acclaimed series set in Classical Athens, featuring the historically inspired amateur detective Nicolaos.

It is the Olympics of 460 BC. Nico's best friend, Timodemus, is a competitor in the pankration, the deadly martial art of ancient Greece. Timo is hot favorite to win. His only serious rival is Arakos from Sparta. When Arakos is found beaten to death, it is obvious Timodemus must be the killer. Who else could have killed the second-best fighter in all Hellas but the very best? The Judges of the Games sentence Timodemus to be executed in four days' time, as soon as the Sacred Games have finished.

Complicating everything is the fact that Athens and Sparta are already at each other's throats, in the opening stages of a power struggle for control of Hellas. If an Athenian is found to have cheated at the Games by murdering a Spartan, it will be everything the hawks in Sparta need to declare open war the moment the Sacred Truce is over. And that's a war Athens cannot hope to win.

Nico and his partner in sleuthing, the annoyingly clever priestess Diotima, have four days to save their friend and avert a war that would tear their world apart.

Baker & Taylor
A latest entry in the critically acclaimed series that includes Pericles Commission finds Nico working to clear his Olympics competitor best friend of a false murder accusation when a rival is found dead, a situation that is complicated by escalating violence between Athens and Sparta.

Baker
& Taylor

Nico works to clear his Olympics competitor best friend of a false murder accusation when a rival is found dead, a situation that is complicated by escalating violence between Athens and Sparta.

Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, an imprint of Soho Press, Inc., 2013
ISBN: 9781616952273
161695227X
Branch Call Number: Mystery Corby
Characteristics: pages cm

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adoryall
Sep 28, 2016

I discovered and read this series in 2015. Love the mix of history, fiction and suspense.

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merlinsilver
Aug 11, 2013

Another excellent Greek Mystery by Gary Corby! Lots of twists and turns with just the right amount of humor and fast paced to keep you interested. I like the way he lists the main characters and has their names broken into syllables for proper pronunciation. And at the end he has a glossary for those of us not really up to date on our Greek History. He weaves into the plot bits and pieces of the daily life, politics, and history of Ancient Athens. A real fun read for enthused Ancient Greek buffs.

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