Rats are always bigger than you expect. Falco, ancient Rome's hangdog investigator, hates sharing a cell with a rodent - though being bailed by his old mother is almost as embarrassing. His high-born girlfriend can't decide if she wants him, and Titus Caesar's reward for past services is a wet fish. Hoping for a better life, or at least a better apartment, he takes on new clients.
On the elegant slopes of the Pincian Hill, three nouveau riche freedmen with two flashy wives are under siege by a clever redhead. Severina Zotica has a foul-mouthed parrot, an odd connection with a snake dancer - and a very suspicious past. As he pursues this flame-haired fortune-hunter, Falco finds himself beset by violent rentracketeers, poisoners, and women without consciences who have dangerous designs on him.
©1991 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Ltd
I love this series. Great characters, intimate knowledge of everyday life in Ancient Rome. It's like taking a historical tour through the period with a street wise guide. Wonderful performance by Gordon Griffin.
The historical details of life in ancient Rome A weaker story compared to the previous books
yes but read the previous books first
The first book had a different narrator, with a cheeky Cockney style which suited Falcos character better. That said I I have warmed to Gordon and look forward to reading more of the series
of course...I think I'll follow Falcos adventures for years to come..I'm hooked!
I'm a Sci Fi book kinda guy so this is a new adventure for me but one I am thoroughly enjoying!
"Copper not gold"
Not one of Lindsay Davis's best. Too many difficult names to remember in a tangled rush towards the end. As ever, very humorous, hugely well informed exposing ancient racketeering that is as revel
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