Saturnalia: (Falco 18) Paperback – 7 Feb 2008
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"Like visiting old friends in a familiar and endearing, if sometimes bizarre, environment. Jokes and skulduggery crowd the pages" (Guardian)
"Every book in this series is a delight... fans will snap it up. Highly recommended" (Library Journal)
"Falco wisecracks his way through the empire's sleazy underside...Davis' crimes are wickedly convoluted - real fun" (Time Magazine)
"One of the best in this series, a nice mix of wit and wisecracks" (Literary Review)
"Rome is vividly brought to life - alien yet curiously familiar. And the story gallops along at a tremendous pace with humour and suspense dispensed in equal measure. Saturnalia is another rollicking good yarn" (Daily Express)
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It is AD76, at the start of the Roman holiday of Saturnalia. Falco finds out that a figure from his past - and more particularly, his brother-in-law's past - has been brought to Rome to play the supporting role in a Roman Triumph followed by the starring role in an execution ...
In the fourth book in the series, "The Iron Hand of Mars" set five years before, Marcus Didius Falco had been sent on an undercover mission to the wilds of Germany, an area which the Roman Empire had definately not managed to pacify. The mission led Falco, with his then girlfriend Helena Justina (now his wife), and her brother Camillus, to the beautiful but sinister tribal prophetess Veleda. Camillus promptly fell in love with her.
Back in 71AD, Falco had brokered a deal with Veleda: she would stop inciting the German tribes to attack the Roman Empire, the Empire would leave her alone. Five years on, Veleda appears to have largely kept her side of the bargain, though accounts differ. However, an ambitious and incompetent governor decides to boost his prestige by tricking Veleda into coming to Rome as a hostage, with the intention of presenting her capture as a great victory and then having her executed. The governor arrives in Rome with his hostage, and then goes off on holiday without making adequate arrangements for Veleda's security, and - surprise surprise - on hearing what is actually planned for her, she escapes.Read more ›
This story is set during Saturnalia, the Roman winter festival, a time of parties, gift-giving, family dinners, family quarrels, general tumult and a growing wish for it all to be over. Falco has a potentially lucrative commission from the palace, to recapture an escaped state prisoner. The situation is complicated by the fact that the prisoner is a German priestess who has "a past" with both Falco and his brother-in-law/assistant who has also mysteriously disappeared...
Added to the mix are a death for which priestess may have been responsible, a clutch of mutually-antagonistic doctors, the usual palace politicos and unhelpful functionaries, a serial killer apparently targeting homeless people, family worries, and the traditional hassles of the "season of misrule", making a rich complex tale. It is by turns witty and entertaining and surprisingly dark, but it's always engrossing. Definitely one of the better Falcos.
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