A turbulent frontier province, rotten with corruption and seething with hatred of Rome—a barbarian god whose devotees may include a murderer—a clever and unscrupulous faith healer who knows everyone's secrets—a boy who struggles toward manhood though stricken with the Sacred Disease: these are the elements in a mystery that Pliny, newly appointed governor of Bithynia, confronts when a high Roman official is found murdered on a desolate hillside, miles from the capital. But as Pliny pursues one baffling lead after another, he is being betrayed where he least expects it: his beautiful wife, neglected and lonely in an alien city, falls desperately in love with a handsome young provincial—an affair which threatens to bring not only pain but ruin to Pliny's career. All these threads come together in a surprising and tragic finale.
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"Consistently entertains..." —Kirkus Reviews
"Macbain's love of the ancient world is manifest on every page of The Bull Slayer, and his choice of a sleuth is inspired...The result is a highly atmospheric and absorbing murder mystery that builds to an earthshaking climax." —Steven Saylor
Poisoned Pen Press, hardcover, March 2013, ISBN-13: 9781464201080 Poisoned Pen Press, paperback, March 2013, ISBN-13: 9781464201103