In a hot afternoon in ancient Athens, the playwright and sometimes detective, Philocles, has a visitor intruding on his writing for the midwinter festival.
The visitor is the troublemaker, Hipparchos Aristarchou, wealthy son of Aristarchos Phytalid, one of Philocles’ benefactors and Hipparchos has come asking for help for blackmail over a mysterious and unfounded debt.
As Philocles investigates, how far will the shadowy blackmailers go to discredit the young scion.
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