The Cybelene Conspiracy

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Toby Press, 2005 - Fiction - 316 pages
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Surgeon Getorius Asterius, his wife Arcadia, the eunuch archpriest of a pagan fertility cult, the female head of a heretical Arian church, and an ambitious senator in league with a Chinese merchant: these are the prime movers in this mystery set in Ravenna, Italy, in A.D. 440. When Getorius is summoned to examine the castrated body of a youth found by Thecla in her Arian church, who is the sobbing "Vestal Virgin" nearby? Is there any connection between this crime and the fact that a senator is smuggling counterfeit Western coins to the Eastern Empire, and contraband Chinese products back to Ravenna? A coded message leads to a secret tunnel and the sinister temple of Cybele, whose devotees are self-mutilated eunuchs. In a stunning climax, the conspirators try to escape Ravenna, planning to sell their products in Egypt, but failing to recognize the deadly nature of what they are carrying.

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Come, come! Some of the other review(er)s are too harsh! This is not fine writing, and the research is not worn lightly; in fact, yes, there's much to mock - but it's an interesting and neglected ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

With degrees in art, art education and the hu- manities, Albert Noyer¿s career includes working in commercial and fine art, teaching in the Detroit Public Schools and at private colleges. He lives in New Mexico, and has previously published another historical mystery, The Saint¿s Day Deaths, and the precursor to this book, The Secundus Papyrus.

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