Killing Pythagoras ("Best Historical Thriller 2013")
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Killing Pythagoras ("Best Historical Thriller 2013")

by Marcos Chicot
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2012: Killing Pythagoras was selected as a Finalist for the Planeta Prize, the most valuable literary award in the world after the Nobel Prize for Literature (€601,000 / $800,000).

May 2013: one month after being published on Amazon, it became the best-selling ebook in Spanish in the world, holding the #1 spot for eleven consecutive months.

June 2013: after offers from publishing houses in Europe, the Americas and Asia, Mauri Spagnol -the second largest editorial group in Italy- was awarded publishing rights.

October 2013: Killing Pythagoras appeared in print form in Spain, becoming an immediate bestseller. It has been translated into numerous languages, and in 2014 has been published in a dozen countries.

Killing Pythagoras is a thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from the prologue to the final page. Based on real historical events, the novel is an extraordinary combination of intrigue, romance, and action.


The venerable philosopher Pythagoras, one of the most powerful political figures of his time, is preparing to name a successor from among his grand masters when a string of murders rocks the Pythagorean community. The killings, each more baffling and unpredictable than the last, gradually unveil the workings of a dark and powerful mind, more formidable than that of Pythagoras himself.

Egyptian investigator Akenon and the enigmatic Ariadne work to identify the murderer while at the same time coming to terms with their own tumultuous relationship. The challenge they face is one in which the ghosts of the past are interwoven with the sinister threats of the present: a challenge from which it seems impossible they will escape alive.

Killing Pythagoras, based on real-life historical events, will plunge readers into an apparently unsolvable mystery. Readers will unearth cryptic clues and come face to face with some of the most unnerving characters ever to appear in the pages of fiction: Glaucus the Sybarite, the gruesome Boreas, the vengeful Cylon, and above all, the mysterious stranger who wields his prodigious capabilities to sow death.


“Crime, mystery, and romance in a fast-paced action novel.” HISTORIA NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

“Maximum excitement and fun; [the author] achieves a compelling mix of strong elements.” ONDA CERO RADIO

“A fast-paced historical thriller that transports us to the cradle of civilization among intrigues and passion.” LA VANGUARDIA

“An edge-of-your-seat narrative driven by suspenseful action, it succeeds in creating a tense atmosphere in the face of the deadly threat that attempts to destroy the main characters.” QUÉ LEER

Literature Blogs:

“A supremely interesting novel that surprised and hooked me, by an author who expertly juggles the tension and suspense up to the last second. Highly recommended.” LEER ES VIAJAR

“…it has all the ingredients necessary in a book to hook you: crime, mystery, love, action… I loved it. I didn’t know there was a sequel and I’m very happy to hear there is! I can’t wait to read it.” MARIÁNLEEMÁSLIBROS

“The meticulous detail with which the era is recreated gives the novel incredible realism… While the novel is fast-moving from the beginning, the pace accelerates even more toward the end, creating an action-packed finish.” ADIVINA QUIÉN LEE

“The novel hooks you from the first page to the last. The plot is so intricately woven it’s hard to put down once you begin.” AL RICO LIBRO

About the Author

In 2009, the life of writer Marcos Chicot changed radically. The result of that change was Killing Pythagoras. You can learn more about the story behind the novel at:


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