A beautiful young girl suddenly vanishes without a trace. Could the rotting corpse discovered in the Tiber, dangling by a length flame-colored silk, be hers? Her distraught fiancé Titus is desperate to learn the truth. Trusty Saturninus, slave to Titus' uncle Occho, is dispatched to sleuth out her fate no matter the cost. Along the way Saturninus works through a captivating cast of characters - from Caesar himself and his lover Antinoös to a variety of eccentric high priests, powerful senators and their playboy sons, all the way down to an unforgettable pair of vicious Mauretanian thugs and a fierce little yappy dog - not to forget Sulpicia Pisistrata, a cauponista with a big heart and a strong right hook. Meet Rome in all its ghastly splendor and splendid ghastliness. A COIGN OF VANTAGE is the first in an exciting new series of historical murder mysteries (with a humorous bent) capturing in rich and vivid detail Ancient Rome from the time of Caesar Hadrian (128 C.E.).