Gary: I've been fascinated by ancient history since I was a teenager. What those guys got up to thousands of years ago was just as exciting and even more bizarre than any modern thriller, with the added fun that it really happened. I also love the puzzles of murder mysteries and have read piles of them. So I've combined the ancient world with puzzle whodunits to create an historical mystery series set in classical Greece.
… [The novel concept] came 2,300 years ago, from a book called The Athenian Constitution, by Aristotle. Aristotle relates, in a short section of only about 3 paragraphs, a for-real murder mystery that happened in Athens in 461BC. The guy who created the world's first total democracy was assassinated, and they never caught the men behind the plot. The moment I read of that killing, I knew it was my book to write.
A dead man fell from the sky, Gary Corby's blog.