(Cicero Trilogy 2)
The stunning new novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and The Ghost.
Rome, 63 BC. In a city on the brink of acquiring a vast empire, seven men are struggling for power. Cicero is consul; Caesar, his ruthless young rival; Pompey, the republic’s greatest general; Crassus, its richest man; Cato, a political fanatic; Catilina, a psychopath; Clodius, an ambitious playboy.
The stories of these real historical figures – their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and their crimes – are all interleaved to form this epic novel. Its narrator is Tiro, a slave who serves as confidential secretary to the wily, humane, complex Cicero. He knows all his master’s secrets – a dangerous position to be in.
From the discovery of a child’s mutilated body, through judicial execution and a scandalous trial, to the brutal unleashing of the Roman mob, Lustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power.
“Harris is the master. With Lustrum, [he] has surpassed himself. It is one of the most exciting thrillers I have ever read”
Peter Jones, Evening Standard
“Harris communicates such a strong sense of imperial Rome - the book is awesomely well-informed about the minutiae of everyday life”
“Thoroughly engaging ... The allure of power and the perils that attend it have seldom been so brilliantly anatomised in a thriller”
“Magnificent ... Better than Robert Graves's Claudius novels”
Allan Massie, Standpoint
“A read to be savoured”
Scotland on Sunday
“Robert Harris brings the cut-throat republic to life... He understands politics and how to dramatise them.”