- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (3 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099536773
- ISBN-13: 978-0099536772
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nemesis: (Falco 20) Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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Think ‘Ancient Roman detective series’, and you have several choices. But despite the American Stephen Saylor’s always reliable Gordianus the Finder books, many readers would vote for the splendid Falco books by the British writer Lindsey Davis. With her various outings for her canny and tenacious Roman sleuth, Davis has created a sequence of books that have immense vitality to match their spot-on historical detail. Recently, Davis has written in different areas from that of her customary historical patch, but Falco aficionados will be pleased to see his creator once chronicling his prowlings around the Domus Aurea. In the latest book, Nemesis, it is the summer of 77AD, and Marcus Didius Falco is finding that his troubles are ganging up on him. To distract himself from his recent bereavement, he plunges into a new assignment – a couple who provided statues for his father have vanished under puzzling circumstances. A clue might be found in the couple’s dispute with a malign group of freedmen, the Claudii, thuggish types who threaten the neighbourhood from their Pontine Marshes lair. Then a gruesomely mutilated body is found near Rome, and this mystery is also on the agenda for Falco. As often before, he is to find (via his investigations) that the smell of corruption can be detected even in the highest echelons.
Falco is characterised in Nemesis with all the usual gusto, and, as ever, Davis is adept at convincing us that her hero’s anachronistically modern sensibility sits persuasively in ancient Rome. And the experience of living in that world is captured with great imagination. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Davis is a prolific and popular writer … Her research has been assiduous and detailed, her commitment to the subject is impressive, and the background detail is often eye-opening" (Hilary Mantel Observer)
"One of the best of the current writers in this field" (Donna Leon The Times)
"Surely the best historical detective in the business" (Mike Ripley Daily Telegraph)
"The whole thing is splendid. It has everything: mystery, pace wit, fascinating scholarship … she brings imperial Rome to life" (Ellis Peters)
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Top Customer Reviews
But a good read, lacking the predictability of previous books and you feel MDF has finally grown fully into his head of family role, rather than joking about it.
As a newcomer to Falco I've been fortunate enough to be able to sit and read the whole lot in one go, and now as I return from ancient Rome to the modern day I feel a little lost. I really do hope there will be more Falco books in the future, but if they don't happen this would be as good a finale as any.
This is one of author Davis' better episodes in the Falco series. As always, there is a good mix of family issues, interesting secondary characters and mystery plot. "Nemesis" also shares, with other books in the series, the engaging examination of every day life in ancient Rome, with its characters going about their lives in much the same way as do subjects in contemporary mystery stories. So, a good balance of characters and plot that rarely wanders far from credibility.
Good read. Recommended.
In Nemesis there are some nasty serial killers who have been operating for longer than our heroes had known. Someone must be protecting them. Catching the killers without being caught out by their protector is going to be extremely dangerous.
Once again, Lindsey Davis brings to life ancient Rome. This marks a major transition for Falco. His legal status has changed, he has lost and gained (although not all his gains are remotely welcome ones), and he is forced to resort to questionable and sometimes brutal tactics in his efforts to keep his family safe and solve the murder mystery de jour. This is a darker Falco than we've seen before, but he's still perfectly recognizable as the M Didius fans have come to know and love (after all, this is a guy who participated in the murder of his C.O. after the Boudica rebellion).
This is a terrific Ancient Rome whodunit with surprising twists.
This is probably her best in the Falco series yet. Yes, it is one of her darkest novels and it does delve into the harder realities of Roman life unflinchingly. However, Lindsey writes with humanity and wisdom, so even while exploring the worst sides of human existence she gives us hope.
Death has visited Falco's family: his son dies just after birth, and on the same day he learns that his father has just died. Unsurprisingly, his dad left Falco the bulk of his considerable estate and his sleazy business -- and an ex-lover, Thalia, who claims to be pregnant with his baby (which, if it's male, will halve his inheritance). To make matters worse, Helena's brother returns home, newly married to a grasping Athenian woman.
It makes most families look positively peaceful, doesn't it? And that's before the MURDERS start.
While dealing with dear dad's estate, Falco discovers that the Pontine Marshes are not just yucky, but deadly -- citizens are vanishing and being found dead in Rome. Apparently it's connected to the Claudii, a strange family said to have imperial protection. As more bodies pop up in Rome, Falco and Petronius must unearth a nasty collection of facts -- which may be connected to someone they know.
Lindsey Davis has a rare writing knack -- she can write historical mysteries without spending the whole book constantly going, "Look at all my cool research! Check out all the uninteresting details I dug up to give the book an authentic feel!" as many such writers do. It's full of the flavour of ancient Rome -- the flies, the squalor, the sweat, and the faint scent of corruption when a great civilization goes downhill.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The series of books about the adventures of a Roman private investigator are excellent. The hero of the story Falco is someone who you get to like as the stories progress, the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs. Jennifer M. Evens
Lindsey Davis is amazing at placing these tales in a true, believable, authentic place in time.Published 7 months ago by Tessa Read
Haven't finished this yet, but what I've read I LOVE
Excellent delivery time.
As always, Ms Davis has done superb background research and manages to transport you to the alleys of ancient Rome.Published 8 months ago by S F Canfield
Really enjoyed this book. Have not read a Falco book in years.Published 9 months ago by Gerry Sutton