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Spy vs spy in circa 75 AD Rome,
This review is from: Nemesis: (Falco 20) (Paperback)
The estimable Roman PI, Marcus Didius Falco, returns to home ground in First Century Rome to face some personal tragedies and to confront, once again, his worst enemy--Emperor Vespasian's Chief Spy, Anacrites. Early in this new story (number 20 in the series) by Lindsay Davis, Falco loses two family members. One of these tragedies changes his financial fortunes radically for the better and suggests a rise in future social and professional status as well. The other is closer to home and combines with a second family setback that impacts his adopted daughter, Albia. Into this troubled context comes a welcome assignment from the office of the Emperor that sets Falco and long-time friend, Longus Petronius, on the trail of a gang of murderous thugs working out of the Pontine Marshes in the far suburbs of Rome. The criminals in question have imperial protection of some kind that keeps the resolution of the case out of reach until the last page of the book.
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.