cover image The Marathon Conspiracy

The Marathon Conspiracy

Gary Corby. Soho Crime, $27.95 (352p) ISBN 978-1-61695-387-4

The future of democracy itself is on the line in Corby’s outstanding fourth historical set in ancient Greece (after 2013’s Sacred Games). On the eve of elections in Athens, the city’s wise man, Pericles, enlists his inquiry agent, Nicolaos, to deal with a matter that could undermine the elections. In a cave outside Athens, two schoolgirls have discovered a skeleton that may belong to the tyrant Hippias, who defected to the Persians after his ouster, a move that led to the Battle of Marathon. With the remains are notes, apparently written by the dictator, which may identify still-living traitors who worked with him even after his defection. One of the schoolgirls was killed shortly afterward, and the other has vanished. The multiple puzzles prove a formidable challenge for Nicolaos and his feisty fiancée, Diotima. Everything works in this installment—the detective business, the action sequences, the plot twists, and the further development of the series lead. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary. (May)