by Darryl Greer
(Morris Publishing Australia)
PB RRP $ 24.95
Category Mystery/Crime/historical thriller.
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis
Available from all bookstores through Dennis Jones and Associates or visit our bookstore to purchase on-line.
Thirteen days into his constabulary, PC Costain finds his first dead body. It’s not so much the body, as how it died. The crucified man is discovered in Verulamium Park in England, by the ruins of an ancient Roman city. Australian DI O’Rourke is called in to head the investigation. This riveting introduction to the first part, set in modern times, is a strong hook which draws the reader into this interesting and well-crafted murder mystery.
Part I goes back in time to the crucifixion of Christ and gives an intimate view of the life of Calvus, a loyal and ethical centurion in the age of Nero, Ruler of Rome. The young Calvus is amongst the soldiers who cast lots for Christ’s belongings, and he reluctantly ends up with His sandals. These sandals are the thread used to connect the past with the present story. The experience of the crucifixion will change Calvus’ entire life. It will influence his beliefs and moral attitudes, and reward him with dignity in death.
This is an expansive and well-researched historical thriller/ murder mystery. It exposes the class distinctions, corruption, abuse of power, but also the absolute loyalty commanded, before it again returns to modern times, the reason for the crucifixion and how it was connected to Calvus’ life.
But who carried out the crucifixion and why? This is the challenge for O’Rourke and his group as they go back and forth in time to find the answers.
The author Darryl Greer is a Gold Coast lawyer with a passion for writing gripping, murder mystery. With powerful writing and a unique subject, he has the reader engaged from the first to the last word.
Available from all bookstores through Dennis Jones and Associates, or visit our bookstore to purchase.