The epic story of a despot whose contemporaries wrote him out of history
Afflicted by classic paranoia, the self-styled Master and God sees enemies everywhere. As he vents his suspicions, no one is safe.
A reluctant hero, Gaius Vinius Clodianus is hand-picked for high rank in the Praetorian Guard a brave man striving for decency in a world of corruption and deceit.
Flavia Lucilla, tending the privileged women at court, hears the intimate secrets of a ruler who plays with the lives of his subjects as if he were indeed a careless god.
In the dark shadow of Domitian's reign, Clodianus and Lucilla play out their own complex tale of resilience, friendship and love.
Unwilling witnesses to Domitian's descent into insanity, these ordinary people must choose between their sworn duty to protect the Emperor and an act of courage that will change the future of Rome.
Praise for MASTER AND GOD — -
'The narrative is rapid and the story well told with much sharp-edged detail. You can open this book and step right into a convincing yet extraordinary past.' — Independent
'Davis's descriptions of Rome are vivid and lively...this is a great yarn' — Daily Mail
'While this book is a departure from her usual Falco novels, the trademark charm, piercing intelligence and ready wit are as abundant as ever... dramatic and enthralling, all the more so for being full of historical fact. The characters are intriguing and three-dimensional, and the whole is told with a humour and insight which means the reader will find the book impossible to put down.' — www.thebookbag.co.uk
'An intimate portrait of resilience, friendship and love' — Sunday Examiner, Australia
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