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Three Hands In The Fountain: (Falco 9) Paperback – 4 Jun 1998

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (4 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099799510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099799511
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 854,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Uniquely entertaining" (Time Out)

"Bizarre, funny and satisfying" (Irish Times)

"One of the best of the current writers in this field" (Donna Leon Sunday Times)

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

"Lindsey Davis's excellent and funny series [is] a cross between I, Claudius and Mystery!" (Rocky Mountain News)

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The much loved, bestselling Falco series reissued with new jacket artwork

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I am a real fan of this series, but this episode didn't really work for me. As always, there are one or two over-arcing storylines about the lives of the main characters, and these continue to keep your interest. But the actual main plot of this one was a bit weak. The discovery of body-parts in the city's water courses leads to an investigation into a possible long-time serial killer. The problems of the main protagonists seem to overshadow this story for too much of the book, and the occasional appearances of one or two old adversaries adds nothing to the tale, indeed to me seemed oddly out of place. However, I shall continue the series, and hope the next episode is as good as previous ones.
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Falco is a spy, sometimes working for the Emperor Vespasian, but in this case he is trying to find the missing fiancee of his partner's brother. He leaves the beautiful Helena and baby Julia to embark on what proves to be a hazardous and complicated quest. Told with a wry sense of humour, this is another great tale with also many interesting details of everyday life in the city of Rome in the first century AD.
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By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2001
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I think this one is superb. It most closely followed the traditional ideal of the whodunnit, keeping the reader in the dark with only the slenderest of hints right up to the end. I find Davis's admittedly anachronistic Raymond Chandleresque style witty and lively, and unusually not detracting from the historical content. Her knowledge of ancient Rome really is first rate.
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I am such a big fan of Lindsey Davis Falco novels, and this the ninth in the series is no exception. three hands in the fountain has a slightly darker but still humorous edge than previous novels in the series. Falco makes a grizzly discovery of a severed hand in fountain and so begins an investigation into a serial killer.
I really can't recommend the Falco series enough Lindsey Davis has the wonderful ability to bring the ancient roman world Falco inhabits so vividly to life.
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I have read the "Falco" books in order and have found all of them to be exceptionally well crafted - they usually keep you guessing right until the end .
The books make reference to previous events but you can certainly read each one in isolation without the need for prior knowledge.
I highly recommend these books, the author's descriptive powers are wonderful and....apologies for the cliche....but you really feel as if you are there watching events unfurl.
Another excellent Falco book that is difficult to put down. For those who like historical crime fiction, even for those who don't, this is a must.
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By A Customer on 30 Nov. 1998
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Falco, back from his Imperial mission to Spain (A Dying Light in Corduba) teams up with his old mucker, Petro, who has been suspended from the Vigiles having taken a fancy for the daughter of a notorious criminal that he helped to put away (Time to Depart). Falco and Petro are soon engaged to investigate the discovery of human remains in the civic water supplies. The rush is on to catch a mass murderer. Does Falco save the day ? What do you think !
The book can be enjoyed in isolation,as can all of the books in the Falco series, but I recommned that one read the previous novels first. As with all of Lindsey Davis's novels the plot isn't as important to her as the development of the characters. I think this is what her devotees enjoy. One enjoys learning of Petro's marital problems, that Falco is now a father and that Anacrities is still a pain. The story doesn't end with Falco solving a mystery - it begins with Falco becoming a land owner and the love life's of his brother-in-laws in need of his worldly wise intervention. This is another enjoyable, untaxing read that leaves devotees chomping at the bit for Two for the Lions. Come on bring it out in paperback !
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I re read the Falco books every year or so and so have had to replace worn out paper backs. Lively happy books with lots of accurate Roman detail & happy family basis, characters who grow with the series, this story has lots of interest concerning Rome itself. A comfortable way to learn Roman History
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For years i overlooked this series of books, fearing that they would be boring. How wrong can you be? This amazing authof makes ancient Rome seem alive again! You can feel it and smell it as you read this series of books. At times, the descriptions make you laugh out loud and, as you get to know the main characters, you feel for them more and more. Amazing writing ~ and an amazing series of book.
do yourself a favour and buy the series if you haxen't already done so!
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