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Counter It is now two years after One For Sorrow and John the Eunuch, Lord Chamberlain to the Emperor Justinian, is faced with a new and byzantine problem: why are Constantinople’s holy stylites bursting into flames as they stand atop their pillars? His investigations are hampered by a pagan philosphy tutor from his youth and a heretical Christian prophet whose ultimatums threaten to topple the Empire. Then murder strikes close to home and John has only days to find a solution before he, his friends, his Emperor, Justinian, and the city itself are destoyed. The sumptuous halls of the Great Palace and the riot-torn streets are filled with the same danger and deception. A colorful cast of characters that includes a runaway wife, servants and soldiers, madams and mendicants, a venomous court page and a wealthy landowner or two—not to mention John’s bÍte noire, the Empress Theodora—add texture to this rich, exotic tale of sixth century life and mysterious death.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: John the Eunuch (Fictitious character) Fiction, Justinian I, Emperor of the East, 483?-565 Fiction, Byzantine Empire History Justinian I, 527-565 Fiction, Combustion, Spontaneous Fiction, Pillar saints Fiction