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Roman Blood By Steven Saylor Setting Roman Blood is set in Rome 80 BC It is a warm spring morning when Gordianus starts his investigation on a crime He lives in a large house a little run down over the years since being passed down to him from his father Himself along with his one slave Bethesda an Egyptian woman usually sits in his big garden The streets of Rome are where most of the detective work takes place Like many others the street where the crime took place is small and unattended Gordianus work takes him to a small town called Ameria about 45 miles from Roam for a few days then back again Towards the end of the book Gordianus sleeps in Ciceros house for protection after many threats and then stays in the court to hear Ciceros great defense speech Plot Gordianus the one they call the Finder is summoned to the house of Cicero a young advocate and orator who is preparing for his first important case His client is a rural landowner Sextus Roscius who is accused of the unforgivable crime the murder of his own father Gordianus accepts the commission to investigate the crime partially knowing the betrayal and conspiracy hidden beneath The answers he needs sends him through the narrow streets of Roam and to the small town of Ameria The citizens and slaves he encounters can not be trusted to speak the truth nor can the accused Sextus Roscius Gordianus in not prepared for the dangerous wild ride this case sends him on and is definitely not prepared for the truth Characters Roman Blood is an ancient mystery and every mystery must have its detective The main character who narrates the book is Gordianus the one they call the Finder He is an intelligent Roman citizen who searches for the truth when hired Gordianus is well known and well respected in Rome at
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