8.2/101 Votes Alchetron
Country United States
Series Roma Sub Rosa
Publication date 1996
Genre Historical drama
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Originally published 1996
Followed by Rubicon
|Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
Preceded by The Venus Throw: A Novel of Ancient Rome
Nominations Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Mystery
Similar Works by Steven Saylor, Roma Sub Rosa books, Historical novel books
A Murder on the Appian Way is a historical novel by American author Steven Saylor, first published by St. Martin's Press in 1996. It is the fifth book in his Roma Sub Rosa series of mystery novels set in the final decades of the Roman Republic. The main character is the Roman sleuth Gordianus the Finder.
The year is 52 BC, and Rome is in turmoil as rival gangs fight it out in the streets. When the gang leader and radical politician Publius Clodius Pulcher is found murdered on the Appian Way south of Rome, the main suspect is Clodius' rival gang leader, Titus Annius Milo. Gordianus is hired by Cicero, who is Milo's defender, to find the true murderer. In the shadows lurk powerful men such as Caesar and Pompey.