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"I still can't believe I've put the bastard away for good!" Petro muttered.'

Petronius Longus, captain of the Aventine watch and Falco's oldest friend, has finally nailed one of Rome's top criminals. Under Roman law, citizens are not imprisoned but are allowed 'time to depart' into exile outside the Empire.

One dark and gloomy dawn, Petro and Falco put the evil Balbinus aboard a ship. But soon after, an outbreak of robbery and murder suggests a new criminal ring has moved into Balbinus' territory. Petro and Falco must descend into the underworld of Vespasian's Rome to investigate...

©1997 Lindsey Davis (P)2015 Audible Studios

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  • Practical Lady
  • 03-03-15

Spoilt by the narrator

Why was Christian Rodska not commissioned to read Falco! He is Falco! I have great respect for our narrators but this was dreadful. I did not finish the story as I found it too difficult to follow the character dialogue. There was no attempt to give a voice to any of the characters and the whole thing merged into a boring mumble. I am so sad because the same chap has read all the other newly released books too but not for me. One of the few times I will be returning a book.

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  • ColinB
  • 09-24-15

Gripping Yarn

enjoyed the story a re read but still enjoyable.

The narrator is not the best but ok

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Elaine
  • 06-15-16

Falco in trouble again

I am a lover of this series and this book is as good as the rest
Christian Rodska is great in the role in previous releases so you want to compare but G Griffin gets in his stride and is entertaining
I think I may have guessed the twists but then I've read all the books so you tend to second guess the author
All the characters are well honed and mostly likeable
I just can't get enough of Helena and Falco and his mates

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 04-14-17

Good story, badly read!

Gordon Griffin can kill a good book faster than a positive review in the Daily Mail! If you've bought a nonfiction book, you can reduce the agony by playing it at 1.5 speed. Don't expect a performance, he's not an actor...Get the print/ebook instead. Most Falco audiobooks I enjoy time after time. We should request a new version... More fool me, I bought quite a few Griffin assassinations of decent books before I twigged, even blamed authors for tedious writing...

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  • fionavb
  • 11-22-15

Falco is back in Rome

In a city full of deceit a Kingpun gets his comeuppance. ... or does he. Davis has delighted again with his unusual bunch characters. Cant wait to start the next, I'm like an addict.

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