Steven Saylor

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Bestselling author, Steven Saylor is our guest this week. His latest is the historical novel, THE THRONE OF CAESAR (St. Martin’s Press, February 20, 2018).

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Steven Saylor is an author of historical novels, short stories and contemporary fiction. His work has been published in 22 languages. His best-known work is his Roma Sub Rosa historical mystery series, set in ancient Rome. The novels’ hero is a detective named Gordianus the Finder, active during the time of Sulla, Cicero, Julius Caesar, and Cleopatra.

The fourteenth and final book in the Roma Sub Rosa series is THE THRONE OF CAESAR (St. Martin’s Press, February 20, 2018), in which Gordianus confronts the Ides of March, 44 B.C., and the most famous murder case in history.

Steven is also the author of the international bestseller ROMA: THE NOVEL OF ANCIENT ROME (2007) and EMPIRE: THE NOVEL OF IMPERIAL ROME (2010). These two epic novels comprise a multi-generational saga that spans the first 1200 years of the city, from Iron Age trading post to the height of empire under Hadrian. A third novel in this series is currently in the reseach stage.

Steven has also written numerous short stories in the Roma Sub Rosa series. The first, “A Will Is a Way,” won the 1993 Robert L. Fish Award from the Mystery Writers of America. All the Gordianus short stories have been collected in two volumes, THE HOUSE OF THE VESTALS (1997) and A GLADIATOR DIES ONLY ONCE (2005).

Outside the Roman books are two novels set in Steven’s native Texas. A  Twist at the End (2000) is based on America’s first recorded serial murders, which terrorized Austin, Texas in 1885. The chief protagonist is young Will Porter, who later became famous as O. Henry. Have You seen Dawn? (2003) is a contemporary thriller set in a small Texas town not unlike the one where Steven grew up. A Twist at the End received the Violet Crown Award from the Writer’s League of Texas.

Steven is an honors graduate of the University of Texas where he studied history and classics. In 2014 Steven was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. He is married to Richard Solomon, and they split their time between Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas.

About THE THRONE OF CAESAR (St. Martin’s Press, February 20, 2018)

In The Throne of Caesar, award-winning mystery author Steven Saylor turns to the most famous murder in history: It’s Rome, 44 B.C., and the Ides of March are approaching.

Julius Caesar, appointed dictator for life by the Roman Senate, has pardoned his remaining enemies and rewarded his friends. Now Caesar is preparing to leave Rome with his legions to wage a war of conquest against the Parthian Empire. But he has a few more things to do before he goes.

Gordianus the Finder, after decades of investigating crimes and murders involving the powerful, has been raised to Equestrian rank and has firmly and finally decided to retire. But on the morning of March 10th, he’s first summoned to meet with Cicero and then with Caesar himself. Both have the same request of Gordianus―keep your ear to the ground, ask around, and find out if there are any conspiracies against Caesar’s life. And Caesar has one other matter of vital importance to discuss. Gordianus’s adopted son Meto has long been one of Caesar’s closest confidants. To honor Meto, Caesar plans to bestow on Gordianus an honor which will change not only his life but the destiny of his entire family. It will happen when the Senate next convenes on the 15th of March.

Gordianus must dust off his old skills and see what plots against Julius Caesar, if any, he can uncover. But more than one conspiracy is afoot. The Ides of March is fast approaching and at least one murder is inevitable.