|Statue of Alexander in the Istanbul Archeological Museum|
Roaming the city is another spy who calls himself the Centaur. He is part of a covert operation to create havoc within the city among the already two warring political parties of Macedon - the Democrats and the Oligarchs. Rumor has it that there was a secret society of hired assassins who called themselves the Centaurs and this particular man not only is taking advantage of that gossip but also adopts the terror filled image of the mythical creature who many believe to have been real.
The impossible crimes are handled well here and although an attempted assassination aimed at Alexander is easy to figure out, some of the problems in the Temple of Hercules are not so transparent. The solution to the theft of the relic and its being moved to a darkened corner of the room is probably the most satisfying and clever solution out of all the problems presented here.
The historical parts of the book are limited to the beginning when the background of Alexander's war with the Persian armies and his recent invasion at Granicus are described and a lengthy battle sequence towards the end. Alexander is depicted as a mercurial boy/man with delusions of grandeur. He appears to be in love with the idea of being a demigod and the son of Artemis. Later, this is revealed to be a clever pose in order to manipulate his people. This is not really giving anything away as any astute reader will catch on to his ploy rather early in the game.
There are three books featuring Telamon as sleuth directed by Alexander the Great to solve the murders plaguing his realm. Doherty also wrote two other books in which Alexander acts as a detective himself in solving the murder of his father, Philip of Macedon, in the first book, and investigates some more spying and murders in a second book set in Thebes. These were written under the name Anna Apostolou, one of Doherty's many pseudonyms.
Telamon, the physician and Alexander the Great
The House of Death (2001)
The Godless Man (2002)
The Gates of Hades (2003
Alexander the Great (going solo) series by "Anna Apostolou"
A Murder in Macedon (1997)
Murder in Thebes (1998)