Tabula Rasa: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire (Novels of the Roman Empire) (Hardcover)

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The medicus Ruso and his wife, Tilla, are back in the borderlands of Britannia, where he is tending the builders of Hadrian's Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge and are still smarting from the failure of a recent rebellion that claimed many lives.

The tension grows when Ruso's recently arrived clerk goes missing and things go from bad to worse when the young son of a local family also vanishes. While struggling to keep the peace between the Britons and the Romans, Ruso and Tilla uncover an intricate deception involving slavery and fur trappers, and it becomes imperative that they solve the mystery of the two disappearances before it's too late.

About the Author

Ruth Downie is the author of the New York Times bestselling Medicus, as well as Terra Incognita, Persona Non Grata, Caveat Emptor, and Semper Fidelis. She is married with two sons and lives in Devon, England.

Praise For…

“Attention to day-in-the-life period details, judiciously doled-out twists, and dry British humor . . . One hell of a toga party.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Wonderfully entertaining.” —Newsweek

“Places Downie alongside such established masters of the Roman historical as Steven Saylor and Rosemary Rowe.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Shipwrecks, ex-wives, gruesome gladiatorial games, unruly children, family discord, and, of course, mayhem and murder. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Ruso rocks. Let’s hear it for those Romans.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781608197088
ISBN-10: 1608197085
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Novels of the Roman Empire