An new short story introducing a much-lauded mystery series set amid the splendour and squalor of sixth century Constantinople during the reign of the Emperor Justinian.
DEATH IN BYZANTIUM: At the heart of what is left of the Roman Empire, lies a city simmering with intrigue & treachery. Amid this maelstrom stands John, a slave who has risen to become the right hand of Justinian, the greatest of Byzantium's emperors. With violence and murder commonplace, it is John's skills as an investigator that the Emperor prizes the most. But the emperor is not a sentimental man. Nor is he a patient one. John's position is precarious: one misstep and his enemies may have him. And if they don't, the emperor himself almost certainly will.
Byzantium AD 533: In a secret underground temple, the victim was blindfolded, bound with entrails and cut open with knife. In blood, a scrawled message: 'thus perish all who hate the Lord of Light'. Who could have performed such an abomination? Why has the Empress Theodora taken such a personal interest? John's investigation will lead him into world of hidden cults and lethal palace secrets.