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Christian Rodska reads this complete, full-length Falco novel, by best-selling author Lindsey Davis.

In the high summer of AD 77, Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. Newly bereaved and facing unexpected upheavals, it is a relief for him to consider someone else’s misfortunes. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father, Geminus, have disappeared. They had a feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who live rough in the pestilential Pontine Marshes, terrorising the neighbourhood.

When a mutilated corpse turns up near Rome, Falco and his vigiles friend Petronius investigate, even though it means travelling in the dread marshes. But just as they are making progress, the Chief Spy, Anacrites, snatches their case away from them. Making further enquiries after they have been warned off can only be dangerous - but when did that stop Falco and Petronius?

Egged on by the slippery bureaucrats who hate Anacrites, the dogged friends dig deeper while a psychotic killer keeps taking more victims, and the shocking truth creeps closer and closer to home....

©2010 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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brilliant

Any scepticism that I may have had has been suspended with this wonderful and very well researched
story. The narrator helps to achieve this too. I feel that I am getting a priviledged glimpse into a world
long passed, whose storyline themes continue to be relevant and haunt the minds of people far into the future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-10

Darker Davis

Fear not~ it is not Helena that needs the funeral pire! Beautifully read once again by Christian Rodska who brings out Falco's sarcasm and wit well.
The story is difficult to review without spoiling, but Marcus meets his darker side, the bond between MDF and HJ holds strong and old friends take up new positions.
Much enjoyed.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • 07-28-10

Lindsey Davis at her best

All Lindsey Davis' books are brilliant - it's just that some are more brilliant than others - and this is one of them. Few women authors can write leading male characters well, but Lindsey Davis has to be up there with the very best. The story is gripping in itself, but it's more than simply a rattling good detective novel. The death and funeral pyre scenes had me in tears (and I too am pleased that the pyre is not for Helena).
Great stuff - and equally brilliantly read by Christian Rodska.
It's no longer enough to have a simple 'narrator' - we want our characters acted out the the full, and Christian Rodska's skill in portraying everyone from the young Albia and elegant Helena to the nastiest crook and roughest vigile is simply great.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle
  • 05-01-11

Falco Better than Ever

As a long-standing fan of Davis's Falco novels, I went into this with slight trepidation due to the relatively low customer rating. I was not to be disappointed, however, quite the reverse; this is Davis back to her best.

The plot is darker than before, with death hanging over the plotline from first sentence to last. Back in Rome, Falco is called in to deal with a set of deathly circumstances reaching back over many years. Without spoiling neither plot nor the superb final twist, this novel reaches back to the depths of the very earliest days of Falco's memoirs.

My only potential criticism is that the characters become slightly too entangled. This may be due to my listening when overly sleepy, however, and I am currently half way through for a second time to make sure. I am far less confused, if confused is the right word; the criticim, therefore, should be aimed more at my listening habits than at Davis's complicated structuring.

This is a novel for all die hard Falco fans, none of whom will be disappointed. I would not recommend that a MDF virgin read this first as too many characters introduced over many books (and adventures!) are all drawn together in one dark plot and a certain knowledge of each is required to fully appreciate what occurs, and why!

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  • Lizzie
  • 07-06-10

the goddess of just punishment?

I read the previews for this novel and along with the title; I was expecting a very dark book. I was glad to discover that this book has the same light touch, humour and pathos as Lindsey Davis's previous novels. However, we do discover, through some quite unexpected twist and turns, major revelations regarding some of the established characters.
As always Christian Rodska interprets the novel beautifully, his characterisations are just right!

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  • Christine
  • 06-28-10

Never disappoints

This is a fantastic listen just like the others, although I was VERY disturbed by the ending.... I am forever amazed at how this narrator can sound so much like a woman with only a slight change to his voice.

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  • Richard
  • 07-11-11

Excellent

I think this is one of Lindsey Davis's best Falco Novels. Thoroughly enjoyed it - especially the ending! Wow!

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  • P M Kitchen
  • 10-12-17

an excellent series

Listened again to the series from the start. This is the last and best. The warmth and humanity shines through. At times it is very moving. This novel makes a very satisfying conclusion to the series.

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  • Sandy
  • 05-03-17

Enjoyed the whole series... 20 books!

Well written, excellently read, enthralling to the end.
Looking forward to the Next series as his daughter takes over

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  • Ron
  • 03-31-17

Goodbye Falco - i'll miss you

Neat final story in the Falco series, I won't spoil the ending but I found it fulfilling and fitting. Glad it was Mt Rodska narrating as out of all the voices I found him the best.

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  • MS P WILSON
  • 02-14-17

As good as ever!

A gripping storyline coupled with excellent narration. This author and narrator combination just keeps on getting better.

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