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Rubicon Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Rubicon

Caesar is marching on Rome and the city is in chaos when Gordianus the Finder discovers the body of Numerius Pompeius, the young cousin of Pompey, in his own garden. An enraged Pompey threatens Gordianus' son-in-law, Davus, with conscription into his legions unless the Finder can uncover Numerius' killer. As Gordianus uncovers a trail of secrets and betrayal swirling throughout the streets of Rome, he finds himself embroiled in war, political intrigue, and the dangerous truth about Numerius' death.
This report prepared by Christine Hung








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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   middle ages Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   investigating murder of politician(s) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60%    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Murder of certain profession?    -   politicians Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for gems/treasure/money Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's    -   60's-90's

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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