(From the publisher):
Lamachus the Golden was a man ready to ascend to greatness. The champion of Athens, the finest boxer in the games, was appreciated for his grace, his melodious voice, and his athletic skill. All anticipated his match with the "Bull of Corinth," a brutish boxer whose huge bulk had proven to be a challenge for Lamachus.
When Lamachus drops to the ground, no one can believe it. The greatest boxer to grace the games knocked out by the merest tap from his brutish opponent. But in fact, it is even worse -- Lamachus is dead!
Idas is distraught. That his mentor has been tragically killed is bad enough but he cannot forget the image of the blackness of Lamachus' tongue, the blueness of his lips. It troubles him so he seeks help from Thales, an old slave who is a wise and educated man. When Thales hears from Idas about the strange discolorations of the hero's mouth, he knows what felled Lamachus -- poison!
But how could a young man in his prime be poisoned mid-match? And who would want to kill the "Champion of Athens"?
Idas and Thales begin a journey to the truth that winds its way through the politics and intrigue of ancient Athens as the city-state prepares for war with Sparta.
Original title: Champion of the Dead
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Historical
Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Greece