Created by Gary Corby

Why should the Romans get all the fun?

Have you consumed all the Gordianus the Finder and Marcus Didius Falco books?

Still craving something ancient-y? But you’re tired of of all those damn togas?

May I suggest Gary Corby’s cheeky historical novels about NICOLAOS, “the only private investigator in ancient Greece”?

Or, more precisely, what is often referred to as Athen’s “Golden Age,” that sweet spot between the Persian and the Peloponnesian Wars, when Athens flourished politically, economically and culturally. He’s not exactly hanging out a shingle, though–he’s employed by the wealthy young and ambitious Pericles, the soon-to-be big shot Athenian statesman, orator and general, who likes to keep an “eye” on things.

And Nicolaos is that eye. And it’s sure better than starving. Or re-enlisting in the army–Nicolaos has already served his obligatory two years of military training.

Not the he’s hanging around the mean streets of Athens exclusively–sure, he may be looking into some skullduggery at the 460 B.C. Olympics or skulking around the Great Dionysia, the city’s celebrated annual arts festival, but this wisecracking gumshoe got around, accompanying the aspiring historian Herodotu to Egypt,  or traveling to the sacred isle of Delos, the birthplace of the divine twins Apollo and Artemis.

He’s capably aided and abetted in his efforts by the clever priestess Diotima, his comely lover–and later, wife–wife who plays Nora to his Nick.

Australian author Gary Corby has long been fascinated by ancient history, finding it more exciting and bizarre than any modern thriller. He’s combined the ancient world with his love of whodunits, to create an historical mystery series set in classical Greece. Gary lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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