Starred review in Publishers Weekly for The Marathon Conspiracy

The Marathon Conspiracy, fourth book in the series, has just received its first review, and it's a delight.  This just in from Publishers Weekly...

The future of democracy itself is on the line in Corby’s outstanding fourth historical set in ancient Greece (after 2013’s Sacred Games).

On the eve of elections in Athens, the city’s wise man, Pericles, enlists his inquiry agent, Nicolaos, to deal with a matter that could undermine the elections. In a cave outside Athens, two schoolgirls have discovered a skeleton that may belong to the tyrant Hippias, who defected to the Persians after his ouster, a move that led to the Battle of Marathon.

With the remains are notes, apparently written by the dictator, which may identify still-living traitors who worked with him even after his defection. One of the schoolgirls was killed shortly afterward, and the other has vanished. The multiple puzzles prove a formidable challenge for Nicolaos and his feisty fiancée, Diotima.

Everything works in this installment—the detective business, the action sequences, the plot twists, and the further development of the series lead.

Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/03/2014 
Release date: 04/29/2014


PT said...

Ow wov!

The little I read Publishers Weekly, they seldom use superlatives, especially with series.

Yep, you are entitled to walk in the clouds - as I hope your agent is doing, too.

The only bad thing is that now you have a high pressure to delivere even better with book V ;-)


(btw -, the Danish book webstore I use, finally listed Marathon Conspiracy last week after I had bugged them several times. Guess who has an order in, now?)

PT said...


The abovementioned have very interesting listing for a paperback edition of The Pericles Commission - see here:

Strange cover, isn't it?

Publisher is supposed to be Random House Inc.

If I'm not mistaken, you have had some changes with your publishers. Is this something to do with that? I know that Saxo gets major part of their database from; could it be that they have an old entry?

/PT again

Gary Corby said...

Thanks, PT!

The Strange Case of the Strange Cover... that cover never existed! The first I saw of it was when it suddenly appeared online. It was accidentally released by a marketing person at Minotaur before even The Pericles Commission had been printed. It's a 7 year old mistake that won't go away.

There are a couple of wrong covers like that. Thanks for pointing it out, because it's worth a blog post. Stay tuned.

Publishers...welcome to the convoluted world of book rights. My first publisher was Minotaur, which is an imprint of Macmillan. So those are the first two names you'll see for US editions. Then Penguin bought Australia/New Zealand rights. I cherished my editor at Minotaur, but the same could not be said for their marketing department. That prompted a move to the hyper-successful Soho Press. Soho has a distribution deal with Random House. So you'll see current books listed as Soho/Random.

Meanwhile, by complete coincidence Penguin merged with Random, thus folding almost everything back into one source. Throughout all this the audio books were published by a sixth organization: Dreamscape.

I appear on the Minotaur, Macmillan, Penguin, Dreamscape, Random and Soho web sites.

If you can follow all that you might have a future in publishing.

PT said...

Not diffficult to follow at all. But then, I worked ca ten years in a bookstore while still living in Finland, so I have some insiders knowledge of the publishing world.

Looking forward for that post about covers.