Title: Killing Pythagoras
Author: Marcos Chicot
Genre: thriller, historical
Pages: 606(e book)
The novel that was selected as a finalist for the Planeta Prize, and was the top-selling Spanish ebook in the world for five consecutive months.
KILLING PYTHAGORAS is a thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from the prologue to the final page. Based on real historical events, the novel is an extraordinary combination of intrigue, romance, and action.
“A fascinating novel.” – Juan Eslava, member of the judging panel for the Planeta Prize.
The venerable philosopher Pythagoras, one of the most powerful political figures of his time, is preparing to name a successor from among his grand masters when a string of murders rocks the Pythagorean community. The killings, each more baffling and unpredictable than the last, gradually unveil the workings of a dark and powerful mind, more formidable than that of Pythagoras himself.
Egyptian investigator Akenon and the enigmatic Ariadne work to identify the murderer while at the same time coming to terms with their own tumultuous relationship. The challenge they face is one in which the ghosts of the past are interwoven with the sinister threats of the present: a challenge from which it seems impossible they will escape alive.
Killing Pythagoras, based on real-life historical events, will plunge readers into an apparently unsolvable mystery. Readers will unearth cryptic clues and come face to face with some of the most unnerving characters ever to appear in the pages of fiction: Glaucus the Sybarite, the gruesome Boreas, the vengeful Cylon, and above all, the mysterious stranger who wields his prodigious capabilities to sow death.
Marcos Chicot was a finalist for the Planeta Prize, the Max Aub Award, the Juan Pablo Forner Award, and the Ciudad de Badajoz Prize. He also won the Rotary Club International Literary Award and the Francisco Umbral Award. For Killing Pythagoras, he devoted more than two years to research and write what he calls “the defining novel of his life.”
The author’s rigorous documentation translates into an atmosphere in which the reader experiences the sensation of traveling through ancient Greece, Carthage, and even Sybaris, the vanished city of the refined Sybarites. Against these backdrops, the rapid pace of the action draws the reader in from the prologue on; from there, the intrigue and excitement mount with each successive page until they reach a crescendo with the explosive ending.