“An absorbing study of a single man’s moral code, as well as a provocative meditation on the difficulty of leading a virtuous life in an era of tumultuous change.” Erik Burns, The New York Times Book Review
A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening
978-0-8021-3774-6 • $12.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2001
A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening is a
sweeping, magical novel of religious division, civil unrest, and the
consequences of hubris set amid the pomp and decadence of the late Roman
Empire. Magistrate of Tarcisis, in the Iberian province of Lusitania, Lucius
Valerius Quintius seeks to govern with the honor and justice advocated by
Emperor Marcus Aurelius. He receives warning that invading Moors are headed
toward Tarcisis, but the city fathers refuse to take the danger seriously.
Meanwhile within the city walls an outlaw sect has appeared that signals its
faith with the sign of the fish, and Lucius finds himself drawn to its
beautiful, charismatic leader. When the city is besieged and its internal
conflicts nearly cripple its defenses, Lucius’s heart is pitted against his
civic duty, and the outcome will change forever his trust in Roman justice.