Master and God
The epic story of a despot whose contemporaries wrote him out of history. AD81. The Roman Emperor Domitian seizes power. Afflicted by classic paranoia, the self-styled Master and God sees enemies everywhere - and he is right. The Senate loathes him, his advisers are terrified, he cannot trust his wife and barbarians menace the frontiers. As he vents his suspicions, no one is safe... Gaius Vinius Clodianus survives physical and mental scars to reach high rank in the Praetorian Guard. Flavia Lucilla tends the privileged women at court; when Domitian's inherited talent unravels into madness, she loses her patron cruelly. In the haven of their shared apartment, Gaius and Lucilla find solace together, yearning for normality while living in a Reign of Terror. Moves against Domitian are begun by his own household. Lucilla has to watch Gaius choose between love for her and risking death; between his sworn duty to protect the Emperor and killing Domitian for the good of Rome. The plot careers close to exposure. Rome teeters on the brink of its Golden Age. A group of unlikely conspirators must now act with decency and courage, whatever the personal cost.
Praise for Lindsey Davis -- : 'Lindsey Davis ... brings her locations alive with the roar of cannon, the ache of hunger and the smell of fear' -- Guardian 'A fantastic historical whodunit' -- Daily Express 'Davis is adept at convincing us that her hero's anachronistically modern sensibility sits persuasively in ancient Rome' -- Barry Forshaw 'The plot is well-paced, with clever twists to keep the reader guessing' -- Times Literary Supplement 'The fans' expectations are higher than ever and are unlikely to be disappointed' -- The Bookseller 'Elegant and intelligent' -- Kirkus Reviews 'As gripping and enjoyable as usual' -- Literary Review
Historical novelist Lindsey Davis' is best known for The Course of Honour, the true story of the Emperor Vespasian and his mistress Caenis, and for her twenty volume mystery series featuring Roman detective, Marcus Didius Falco, with its recent addition of Falco: the Official Companion, a cheery handbook for readers. She has also written Rebels and Traitors, an epic novel set in the English Civil War and Commonwealth. She has won the CWA Historical Dagger, Dagger in the Library, and a Sherlock for Falco as Best Detective. She has been Honorary President of the Classical Association and Chair of the Crimewriters Association. She currently serves on the Council of the Classical Association and the Society of Authors' Council of Management. In 2009 she was awarded the Premio de Honor de Novela Historica by the City of Zaragoza and in 2010 the city of Rome gave her the Premio Colosseo, awarded 'for enhancing the image of Rome'.