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The Silver Pigs: (Falco 1) Paperback – 7 Sep 2000

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (7 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099414732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099414735
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 863,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Every book in this series is a delight … fans will snap it up, highly recommended
Library Journal" (Library Journal)

"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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One of the stories from the bestselling historical fiction Falco series

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By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 July 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the first of a series of detective stories set in Vespasian's Roman Empire and featuring the informer Marcus Didius Falco.

I tried this historical detective story because I had enjoyed Ellis Peter's "Brother Cadfael" detective stories. They were excellent but this is brilliant, as is the rest of the series.

Funny, exciting, and based on a painstaking effort to re-create the world of 70 AD.

By chance, Falco rescues a 16-year old girl called Sosia Camillina from a gang of thugs. She turns out to be the illegitimate niece of a senator, who suspects that an illegal trade is going on in silver pigs (ingots) from a godforsaken remote corner of the empire - Britain. To Falco's disgust he has to return to this barbaric spot where he had once served with the legions ...

The events of this story vary from the tragic to the hilarious, and are often completely unexpected. It includes a mystery and the start of a charming ongoing love story.

If you have met and enjoyed the Cadfael series, this is even better.

It isn't absolutely essential to read these stories in sequence, as the mysteries Falco is trying to solve are all self-contained stories and each can stand on its own. Having said that, there is considerable ongoing development of characters and relationships and I think reading them in the right order does improve the experience.

The full Falco series, in chronological order, consists at the moment of:

This book, "The Silver Pigs"
Shadows In Bronze: (Falco 2)
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Format: Paperback
This first 'Falco' novel from Lindsey Davis has a more sombre quality than her subsequent novels but with no less humour and attention to characterisation. This remains my favourite of the series, partly because it defines the relationships between the principal characters. It also tells the events that form the haunting memories of some of Davies' later novels. Like any good read it expands beyond the confines of the pages and grabs the imagination. The smells of the ancient Roman empire, both fragrant and foul, infuse the pages.
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Format: Hardcover
Based in ancient Rome in the time of the emperor Vespasian, The Silver Pigs finds itself deep in the intrigue and deception of the roman administrators, right to the top. In his search for the truth it takes Falco, (the main character), to near death in the distant, and freezing, (the Romans didn't have underwear), province of Britannia. Of course, he saves the day but only by weaving his way through the rich and twisting tapestry of everyday life as a roman citizen.
The book is based on a strong plot and a very likable character, but is highly detailed about roman politics and everyday roman life. Anyone can read and enjoy this, you don't have to know anything about ancient Rome but it will appeal more to those who like the roman period. The best thing about the book is that it is the first in a string of Falco novels (thirteen so far, I have them all), so once you are hooked you can follow your hero all over the roman empire as he eaks out an existence doing his bit for Rome and tries to inch his way up the greasy pole to a better life.
I would give this book 10/10, one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read.
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This is the first 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 the part of the author 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.

Falco has done his time in the legions in that god forsaken place called Britain and it is the last place on earth that he would return to through choice but he has been told by the powers that be that he will go back to Britain and no, there is no choice.

When he arrives the weather is even worse than he remembered and the natives are still as unfriendly as ever. He just wants to complete his mission, find the missing silver and get the hell out of it, that is until he meets the lovely Helena Justina and if he thought he was having a hard time before he met her, he was in for an almighty shock.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I admit that I haven't paid much attention to Marcus Didius Falco over the years and have only read one or two books in the series and that was many years ago so when the first 10 books in the series were on deal of the day I snapped them up to rectify this. The Silver Pigs is the first in the series so first on my reading list. It introduces the reader to the characters and the setting of Ancient Rome and Britain. Marcus Didius Falco is an inquiry agent, the Roman equivalent of a PI, barely scraping a living when he literally bumps into Sosia Camillina as she is being chased by a couple of heavies for whatever her uncle, a senator, left in her security box. It turns out to be a highly illegal silver ingot or the pig of the title, made in Britain where the emperor has a monopoly on production. Falco is commissioned to look into how it got out of Britain and who is behind the operation as it is to be used to overthrow Vespasian, the current emperor.
The plot has plenty of twists and turns although the basic premise is fairly obvious which means the journey through the novel is better than the ending. Falco is a good protagonist with an unruly tongue and a good line in self deprecation which makes it a joy to read so I'll be reading the next 9 books over the next few months.
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