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Lindsey Davis
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7 Feb 2008 Falco (Book 25)

'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 embarassing. 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.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099515075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099515074
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lindsey Davis has written nineteen novels, beginning with The Course of Honour, the love story of the Emperor Vespasian and Antonia Caenis. Her bestselling mystery series features laid-back First Century detective Marcus Didius Falco and his partner Helena Justina, plus friends, relations, pets and bitter enemy the Chief Spy. Her books are translated into many languages and serialised on BBC Radio 4. Past Chair of the Crimewriters' Association and a Vice President of the Classical Association, she has won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Dagger in the Library, and a Sherlock award for Falco as Best Comic Detective. She was born in Birmingham but now lives in London.

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- "As always, Davis wears her research lightly, bringing Ancient Rome to vivid life in a series of delicious vignettes." --"Manchester Evening News"

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One of the Roman novels from the bestselling historical fiction Falco series

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Falco number 3 begins in a cell with a large rat 16 May 2008
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
At the start of this third book in the series, informer Marcus Didius Falco is not the happiest man in Vespasian's Rome. He is sharing a cell in Lautumiae prison with a large rat, after his enemy and rival Anacrites (Vespasian's chief spy) caught him out in a "minor accounting error."

Falco's girlfriend Helena Justina, a senator's daughter, has miscarried their child. He wants to marry her, but to do so he needs to amass the large sum of 400,000 sesterces to qualify for "Equestrian" (e.g. middle class) rank. Looking for business he soon finds himself surrounded by trouble which includes a huge fish, rent racketeers, a fortune-hunting redhead, and a female contortionist who is an expert with snakes ...

Continues a series of excellent detective stories set in the first century Roman Empire and featuring the informer Marcus Didius Falco. Informers in ancient Rome were something between a private detective and a government spy.

I tried this series because I had enjoyed Ellis Peter's "Brother Cadfael" detective stories. Where Cadfael is excellent, Falco is brilliant. Ellis Peters herself (or to use her real name, the late Edith Pargeter) said of the early books of the series 'Lindsey Davis continues her exploration of Vespasian's Rome and Marcus Didius Falco's Italy with the same wit and gusto that made "The Silver Pigs" such a dazzling debut and her rueful, self-deprecating hero so irresistibly likeable.'

Funny, exciting, and based on a painstaking effort to re-create the world of 71 AD.

If you have met and enjoyed either the Cadfael series, this is to the early Roman Empire what that series was to twelfth-century England but is even better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JayBay 8 Jan 2011
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I was introduced to the Falco series of books by a friend who lent me "The Silver Pigs." I had never heard of them before. However, if you like something a bit different to read, are interested in Roman history and appreciate a detective story with a bit of humour then these fit the bill. There is absolutely nothing heavy about them at all, just a bit of fun. I hope to collect the whole set eventually.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a joy! 9 Sep 2010
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Wonderful writing from a consummate professional. The only caveat I would give is do be sure to read these books in order. It's not absolutely essential, but it does greatly add to your enjoyment to watch the relationship between Helena and Falco growing and changing
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Falco 3 - another enjoyable BBC Radio drama 21 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
'Venus in Copper.' Another enjoyable adaptation of a Lindsey Davis Falco adventure. I hope that the BBC carries on with this series, but only if Anton Lesser plays Falco, because I really can't imagine anyone else in this part. Anna Maddeley is growing on me, although she still sounds too young, and her voice somehow doesn't yet 'fit' with Lesser's. My favourite female voice in this recording has to belong to Tracy Wiles as Severina. Falco's red-haired temptress as a seductive Scot - obvious, maybe, but brilliantly done. Wiles and Lesser also manage to make me believe that Severina and Falco could end up in bed together. More, please, BBC!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snakes Alive 7 Mar 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the third novel in the mystery series featuring Marcus Didius Falco, an informer and sleuth. A series of books that have become hugely popular, so much so that the author is now at the forefront of historical mystery writers. It was probably a stroke of genius on her part to have novels that are extremely well researched and contain all the elements that would be and should be found in Rome in AD70, but to have a lead character who has the vocabulary of a present day New York cop. In this the third novel Falco is starting to feel like an old friend.

Falco is trying to live down the indignity of being released from jail with the help of his mother of all people and he has accepted a case from some rich private clients. He is also in the middle of trying to entice his girlfriend Helena Justina to come and live with him, though why a senator's daughter, especially one who has just lost their baby, would wish to live in the hovel he calls home is anybody's guess.

When the client Falco is supposedly protecting dies, he is immediately re-hired by none other than the chief suspect. The crux of the matter is that Falco must find and expose a woman, a fortune hunter, who has lost more husbands to accidents than it can be believed possible.

Falco has more than a little excitement during the investigation, including a brush with a female contortionist who has a very interesting snake act. He also has the tremendous honour, or otherwise of a "friendly" visit from Titus Caesar himself, right in the middle of Falco attempting to cook a huge turbot without the aid of every chef's must have, a fish kettle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the first three!!! 11 Oct 2006
Excellent plotting and great (but gradual) character development. Stick with the series at least this far to get the benefits.

I liked the first Falco book but thought the second flagged a bit at the beginning. However the end of the second really picks up and leads you straight into the third which was the best for me so far.

I really like Falco he is a 'woman's' idea of an attractive hero and he has strong sense of morality which gets him into lots of trouble.

If I were suddenly to find myself in the scary times of ancient Rome I would look him out immediately.

It is hard to say too much without spoiling any of the excellent plotting that runs through the books so far. Be sure to read them in order though as they really do follow each other on. In a way you cannot really judge them alone as the characters really develop and I think it is nice to see that unfold. Perhaps you should view them as one big book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Just as good on the second reading.
Published 20 days ago by S F Canfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Continuing the series. An interesting account of Roman times
Published 1 month ago by S R Chalkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent a great story and a really engaging reader , a voice that really suits the main character
Published 1 month ago by ROBERT EDEN
4.0 out of 5 stars funny and entertaining
Falco in trouble with the ladies again, funny and entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by graham powell
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these books
I love these books, each one better than the last, Lindsey Davis not only weaves clever plots she has the wonderful ability to bring the sights sounds people and places of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fraxinus Argilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
I was introduced to Lindsey Davis via Alexandria. Venus in Copper is my latest Marcus Didius Falco. In Lindsey Davis' hands, classical Rome becomes a vibrant, living history,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by angela
4.0 out of 5 stars Falco Fan
I have enjoyed all the Falco books I have read having been introduced to them on Radio 4 extra. Will read more.
Published 3 months ago by Mr Graham Mellor
3.0 out of 5 stars Falco investigates again
This was an enjoyable read - put in a few hours - a holiday read perhaps - it didn't annoy me in any way - which is a good thing - and I like the character of Falco - the Roman... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Lindsey Davis brings the Roman world to life with her Falco series. This is a very well researched and well written book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John P
5.0 out of 5 stars Lindsey Davis
what can I say this Lady writes about Rome in times past as if she where living then. Defiantly brings Rome in times past to life.
Read it you will love it.
Published 7 months ago by C M A HARRIS-FENTON
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