Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2008
CD ISBN 9781400106677 $39.99 Ten CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781400156672 $29.99 One MP3-CDs
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Library Ed. Tantor Media
CD ISBN 9781400136674 $79.99 Ten CDs
Ruso, a medic with ancient Rome's army, reluctantly gets involved in the investigation when the headless body of a centurion is found near his outpost in Brittania. The case could prove deadly for Ruso when his slave, Tilla, turns out to be an old flame of the prime suspect. Simon Vance gives Ruso a voice that combines conceit, genuine concern, and growing frustration, while making a large cast of characters instantly recognizable. Vance balances Downie's modern wit and her meticulously reconstructed Roman setting. As Ruso juggles murder, political considerations, and a shifting relationship with Tilla, strong characters and Vance's lively reading make this a delight. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2008]
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