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  • Published: 8 October 2015
  • ISBN: 9781446409107
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544
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Dictator

(Cicero Trilogy 3)




The stunning new novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and The Ghost.

The year is 63 BC. In an age of political titans, Cicero stands supreme: the senior consul of the Roman republic. But jealous rivals are determined to destroy him and seize control of the state. To thwart them will take all his guile - and will lead him, and Rome, to the brink of destruction.

Robert Harris's Lustrum is a page-turning thriller that pitches the reader into the power struggles and vicious factionalism of the Roman Republic at one of its most tumultuous moments, as Cicero is alerted to a plot to overthrow the government and take over the state. The conspiracy is led by the aristocratic politician Catalina, backed by other, shadowy factions; even Julius Caesar is implicated. Undeterred, Cicero devotes himself to exposing the treachery, and after a bloody struggle emerges triumphant.

But the gods are pitiless - and the most talented men over-reach themselves. When the sexually voracious senator and nobleman Clodius is put on trial, accused of entering a sacred women-only religious ritual in pursuit of Caesar's wife, Cicero finds himself embroiled in the case as the reluctant star witness for the prosecution. He has made many enemies, and as Caesar, Crassus and Pompey grasp political power, he discovers that he has sown the seeds of his own downfall...

Meticulously researched and brilliantly written, Lustrum is an entirely self-contained novel, but it is also a continuation of Cicero's story as told in Robert Harris's bestselling Imperium. A third Roman volume will complete the trilogy in 2011.

  • Pub date: 8 October 2015
  • ISBN: 9781446409107
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

About the Author

Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of twelve bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy - Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, Conclave and most recently, Munich. Several of his books have been filmed, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby.

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Praise for Dictator

“Triumphant, compelling and deeply moving…the finest fictional treatment of Ancient Rome in the English language. They are distinguished by the mastery of the sources, sympathetic imagination, political intelligence and narrative skill…It’s a wonderful, dramatic, story, wonderfully told”

Scotsman, Allan Massie

“Robert Harris’s Cicero trilogy ends in grand style…the culmination of 12 years work and a remarkable literary achievement”

Observer

“The book works…more than that; at times it sings… Thrillers are supposed to thrill, but few really do raise your heart rate and short-circuit your critical faculties…Exhilarating…This trilogy deserves the highest compliment that can be paid to a work of historical fiction”

The Times

“Robert Harris completes his wonderful trilogy based on the life of Cicero. I haven’t enjoyed Roman history more since Robert Graves’s I, Claudius”

Anthony Horowitz, Guardian, Book of the Year

“Harris’s fascination with politics galvanises his impressive knowledgeableness into compulsive fiction”

Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times, Books of the Year

“Harris is brilliant at the political then-as-now, giving Caesar with a hint of Blair – and also of Thatcher”

Peter Stothard, Spectator

“Staying close to the sources, Harris picks his way masterfully through Cicero’s personal and political dilemmas…superb…does full justice to one of Rome’s most interesting complex and humane statesmen, whose pragmatic political treatises proved so influential during the renaissance and enlightenment”

Evening Standard

“Harris skilfully navigates these fraught years in Cicero’s life … Dictator triumphs”

The New Stateman

“A superior historical thriller”

Fiona Wilson, The Times, Books of the Year

“Harris’ version of Cicero is a tremendous creation”

Independent

“[Dictator's] gripping dramas and powerful themes - the fragility of democracy and the fallibility of human beings among them - richly illuminate the conflicts of its era and our own”

Publishers Weekly

“Superb…confirms Harris’s undisputed place as our leading master of both the historical and contemporary thriller”

Daily Mail

“Harris is a masterful storyteller. I’m currently experiencing that terrible phase of cold turkey after finishing something superb”

Alastair Moffat, Herald

“Contemporary echoes abound in this endlessly fascinating exploration of power struggles”

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year

“Triumphant”

Sunday Times

“A masterful story of political intrigue…a fascinating and absorbing novel”

Financial Times

“Robert Harris is an incomparable storyteller... It's a brutal tale of murder and mayhem and a tour de force of research and imagination...”

The Express

“Harris’s fascination with politics galvanises his impressive knowledgeableness into compulsive fiction”

Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times

“I’m a big fan of Robert Harris so I’d like to read his latest, Dictator… Robert is very good at politics and evoking a period”

Melvyn Bragg, Good Housekeeping, Books of the Year

“Sinuous, clever and compelling…A fitting end to a magnificent trilogy”

Metro

“A riveting read”

Sunday Express

“Contemporary echoes abound in this endlessly fascinating exploration of power struggles”

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year

“Robert Harris brings his Cicero trilogy to a triumphant, compelling and deeply moving conclusion…The three novels are surely the finest fictional treatment of Ancient Rome in the English language…distinguished by a mastery of the sources, sympathetic imagination, political intelligence and narrative skill”

Yorkshire Post

“Harris’ Cicero is a bit special – a mix of genius and craft, kindness and pomposity, ambition and principle”

Daily Mail (Scotland)

“Penetrating and utterly compelling”

Claire Allfree, Metro, Books of the Year

“In Dictator, Robert Harris brings his trilogy on Cicero to a triumphant end. As one who has himself written novels set in the last years of the Roman republic and the first century of empire, I am happy to say that Harris reigns supreme. His Cicero is magnificent; couldn’t conceivably be done better”

Alan Massie, Spectator, Books of the Year


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