Bad Blood Beyond the Grave

Bad Blood Beyond the Grave is a crime thriller with a background of a vicious vendetta, focusing on funeral beliefs and rites as well as on the life of ordinary people in late first century Rome.

For fans of historical fiction and adventure novels.

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About Bad Blood Beyond the Grave

In 71 AD, Never have the dead had more cause for vengeance and the living for fear.


The former legate Primus flees Rome after the exposure of a plot to assassinate the emperor Vespasian. But the soldiers are after him and the gods are not in his favor. He is hunted down to Burdigala; burned alive and left for dead on the banks of the Garonne… or so we think.

Primus’ miraculous survival can only have been conferred to him by Nemesis herself. Indeed, the only thing keeping his unrecognizable, skeletal shell alive – his flesh melted away, his mind addled by the milk of the poppy – is revenge … not only on Pontus Gnaeus, Apex Lucius and all those who foiled his assassination attempt, but on their wives, lovers and everyone they hold dear.

Like a lost soul, wandering between two worlds after an imperfect funeral, drinking from the chalice of the goddess, Primus will not stop until his bloody vengeance is complete.

Bad Blood Beyond the Grave is the latest of the adventure and historical novels published by Thierry Bontoux in the US. It is the third book of the Lucius Apex Series. Bad Blood Beyond the Grave following the Riddle of a Murdered Slave and Unforgiven in Massilia. And, as the two previous books, it can be read independently.

The Lucius Apex Series delves into the daily life of the Romans, to give substance to adventure fictions and police investigations with in the background murders and conspiracy against the Emperor Vespasian.

Reviews received by the French edition:

★★★★★ – Excellent book, to recommend – This novel is very easy to read. A good detective story that gives an accurate idea of the daily life of the Romans in the 1st century AD.
A must read! This novel makes you want to dive into the author’s books – Marie.

★★★★★ – Captivating – Superb novel, in my opinion the best of Thierry Bontoux. A must read. – Strella

★★★★ – Rome its underworld and its patricians – Excellent second part; an immersion in the Roman world.
(Depending on whether you are powerful or miserable the world doesn’t look the same…)
Ah, the Roman laws… – P.M

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Details of the Books

ASIN: ‎   B09HR18PGZ
date of publication: ‎ October 13, 2021
Language: ‎ English

383 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8490278504
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.83 x 9 inches

383 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎   979-8489862387
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.94 x 9 inches

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