(SEJANUS is the 3rd of the Marcus Corvinus series)
'Well, young man, I'm dead and burned at last, or you wouldn't be
reading this. Let me say first that I have no regrets, either about
being dead or for having removed so many of my collateral relatives
before their proper hours. I acted for the good of Rome.
Which brings me to the point of this letter. Aelius Sejanus. We talked
a little about him the last time we met. Again the fact that you are
reading this shows that the time for talk is past. The man is a
malignant growth, a danger to Rome, and he must be removed. No; I
dislike euphemisms: Sejanus must be killed.
Livia's extraordinary instruction from beyond the grave comes as
something of a relief to Marcus Corvinus: life as a voluntary exile is
too dull for the amiable Roman, and the chance to engage in more
amateur sleuthing is irresistible - despite the obvious dangers