The Pericles Commission
Books | Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Nicolaos walks the mean streets of Classical Athens as an agent for the promising young politician Pericles. His mission is to find the assassin of the statesman Ephialtes, the man who brought democracy to Athens and whose murder has thrown the city into uproar. It's a job not made any easier by the depressingly increasing number of dead witnesses. But murder and mayhem don't bother Nico; what's really on his mind is how to get closer (much closer) to Diotima, the intelligent and annoyingly virgin priestess of Artemis, and how to shake off his irritating twelve year-old brother Socrates. The Pericles Commission is the first in an exciting new series by first-time novelist Gary Corby, who takes us to Ancient Greece at one of the most exciting times in history. In this wonderfully approachable, historically rich novel, Athens is brought vividly to life in a mystery engaging from the first page to last.
St. Martin's Publishing Group
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"This is a great start to a wonderful dramatic and comedic historical fiction series. I love how Nicolaus is thrust into layered political drama. There is a perfect mix of comedy, action and drama. The writer does a good job of mixing in a little bit of Greek history around the storyline of a kid who simply wants to make good for his overbearing father, endure the curiosity of his younger brother, and impress a beautiful temple priestess. All the other books in this series have the same great formula to make it a fun read."