The Pericles Commission

By Gary Corby

Nicolaos walks the suggest streets of Classical Athens as an agent for the promising younger flesh presser Pericles. His project is to discover the murderer of the statesman Ephialtes, the fellow who introduced democracy to Athens and whose homicide has thrown town into uproar. It’s a task no longer made any more straightforward through the depressingly expanding variety of useless witnesses.

But homicide and mayhem don’t trouble Nico; what’s particularly on his brain is the best way to catch up with (much nearer) to Diotima, the clever and annoyingly virgin priestess of Artemis, and the way to shake off his frustrating twelve year-old brother Socrates.

The Pericles fee is the 1st in a thrilling new sequence via first-time novelist Gary Corby, who takes us to historic Greece at essentially the most intriguing occasions in heritage. during this splendidly approachable, traditionally wealthy novel, Athens is introduced vividly to existence in a secret attractive from the 1st web page to last.

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