It falls to Flavius Ferox, Briton and Roman centurion, to keep the peace. This 10th novel featuring Marcus Didius Falco puts the tough private eye in the lions' den to investigate an extraordinary case of murder. After an English degree at Oxford University Lindsey joined the Civil Service, but became a professional author in 1989. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The renegade henchman of Rome's vital ally King Togidubnus has been stuffed head-first down a barroom well - leading to a tricky diplomatic situation which Falco must defuse.
Two thousand years of technical progress and social process hasn't changed people a jot, based on Lindsey Davis' ancient Rome research supporting her 10 book in the Marcus Didius Falco's 'informer' detective series. Private informer Marcus Didius Falco is drawn into the investigation of the death of a lion used for executing criminals in the arena. Sniffing around for clues, Falco is soon led into the rowdy, decadent world of gladiators and bestiarii, fighters who specialize in contests against animals. With one star gladiator dead, Falco is forced to investigate and the trail leads from Rome to the blood-soaked sand of the arena in North Africa. In the early books he is so doubt ridden as to be off putting at times.
This particular Lion was not only a wild beast, but a State Executioner, due to kill the convicted killer from the previous case Falco was working on Three Hands in a Fountain. Davis' depth of knowledge of Roman society and her witty, cynical commentary of it via Falco substantially enhances her plot. The lion Leonidas, property of Calliopus, has been found dead. The event is taken over by Aurelius Chrysippus, a wealthy Greek banker and patron to a group of struggling writers, who offers to publish Falco's work. This is a slightly more eccentric offering than previous efforts with far less focus on the growing Falco clan and more on an intriguing, bizarre and in some ways madcap plotting to show the cutthroat world of the Roman games.
The investigation stalls as one lead after another refuses to speak or divulge any information, and despite Falco's best attempts proving something dodgy did happen which ended in the animal's death, no one is talking. Unexpectedly confronted with the murder of a man-eating lion, Falco is distracted from his original task, uncovering a bitter rivalry between the gladiators' trainers. The dog was researched at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It is in this middle section that we get a bit of an update on the Falco and Justinus families. Feared by plebeians and citizens alike, Leonidas administered justice with a swift, sure blow. Who would have thought that the death of the lion was the trigger for so much trouble. Talk about capital punishment: in the Rome of A.
Following her major standalone, Master and God, a new series featuring Flavia Albia, Falco's adopted daughter, is now under way, complemented by a digital novella, The Spook Who Spoke Again. As usual a wonderful job turns into a not-that-well-paying job, in this case helping in the great Census. The forces involved and the casualties suffered by both sides were far greater than in any wars fought before the modern era, while the eventual outcome had far-reaching consequences for the history of the Western World, namely the ascendancy of Rome. It had a good balance of Rome and travel, and Falco finally had some good news - and he was happy about it! Falco finds that it's dark and dangerous in the tunnels under the arena - and even blacker in the desperate souls of those who must kill or be killed each time the games begin. I sure hope it's accurate. I did have to keep putting it down, which kind of made me lose track of things for a bit. However, the characters involved in the lion murder show up and the mysteries involved are finally solved in a clashing conclusion.
Germania Libera: dark dripping forests inhabited by bloodthirsty barbarians and legendary wild beasts, a furious prophetess who terrorises Rome, and the ghostly spirits of slaughtered Roman legionaries. One dark and gloomy dawn, Petro and Falco put the evil Balbinus aboard a ship. The Falco books are always a good read, but this isn't one of my favorites. The days are short; the nights are for wild parties. For more information, please visit www. But when his girlfriend, Helena, arrives carrying a batch of old copies of the Daily Gazette - with the intention of catching up on the latest scandal - Falco is forced to admit to Petronius his real reasons for being there. Newly bereaved and facing unexpected upheavals in his life, it is a relief for him to consider someone else's misfortunes.
One of the last things I was ever able to tell him was that Rebels and Traitors was to be published by Random House, so I would be working with dear friends for his favourite book. Yet no one has a motive for slaughtering a lion after hours. Soon other body parts are being found in the aqueducts and sewers. Determined to solve this high-profile crime, Falco enters the dark, desperate world of those who must kill or be killed for a living. Davis touches about the ambivalent attitudes of Romans towards gladiators: love the show, despise the performers. They will both be significant. Is there any mileage in a missing plant hunt? This opens up a whole can of worms including a bitter rivalry between gladiators, slave traders and more revealed plots to poison further esteemed animals of the Roman world: ostriches and sacred geese.
Falco returns home from a six-month mission to the German legions. Falco and Davis explore and expose the life and death of gladiators. Book 10 in the Falco series finds Falco with a new partner: Anacrites, the Chief Spy of Vespasian and usually his nemesis. I sometimes wish Falco and Helena and Vimes and Sybil could meet. While his wife, Helena Justina, wants to see the Lighthouse and the Pyramids, Falco has a mission at the Great Library. This book takes place half in Rome and half in Africa so we get the adventurous travels and the great family members. I feel like the personal aspects were more a set up for the next book than a development in themselves.
Theses Marcus Didius Falco stories are somehow completely current. Though the pacing does slow down in the middle, you know that there is always something around the corner to shake up the story again. Marcus Didius Falco, the hapless private detective is still playing nursemaid cum bodyguard cum business partner to his long-time enemy Anacrites when he is called to assist with Vespasian's 'Great Census'. Since Africa may well be the missing link between the murders of man and beast, Falco is quickly en route to those far shores. Vespasian means to have every last denarius due him, and if Marcus and Anacrites can prove tax fraud, they will get a large cut of the profits. This time she talks a bit about gladiators and, to a greater extent, the bestiary who provided wild animals to the Roman arena. Now this king of beasts lies stabbed to death in his cage.