Catilina's Riddle

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Catilina's Riddle
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Author Steven Saylor
Country United States
Language English
Series Roma Sub Rosa
Genre Historical novel
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publication date
1993
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 430 pp
ISBN 978-0312097639
Preceded by Arms of Nemesis
Followed by The Venus Throw

Catilina's Riddle is a historical novel by American author Steven Saylor, first published by St. Martin's Press in 1993. It is the third 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.

Plot summary[edit]

The year is 63 BC, and Cicero is consul of Rome. Gordianus, once an associate of Cicero, has moved to the Etruscan countryside, where he has inherited a farm from an old aristocratic friend of his. Cicero, however, still needs his help, and asks Gordianus to look out for the notorious Lucius Sergius Catilina, who Cicero is convinced is plotting a conspiracy to take power in Rome. Then one day, Gordianus' daughter Diana finds a headless corpse in their stable, whom Gordianus dubs Nemo.