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The capital of the 6th century Roman Empire simmers a rich stew of creeds, cultures, and citizens with a sprinkling of cutthroats and crimes. John the Eunuch, Emperor Justinian’s Lord Chamberlain, orders a Christian court while himself observing the rites of the great bull god, Mithra. Thomas, a knight from Arthur’s court in misty Britain, Ahasuerus, an ancient soothsayer, and two ladies from Crete stir up new events and old memories for John, who must ask how the visitors link to the murder of his comrade Leukos, Justinian’s Keeper of the Plate. An Egyptian brothel keeper and a Christian stylite know more than they are telling….

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