The Silver Pigs
When Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman "informer" who has a nose for trouble that's sharper than most, encounters Sosia Camillina in the Forum, he senses immediately all is not right with the pretty girl. She confesses to him that she is fleeing for her life, and Falco makes the rash decision to... show more
When Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman "informer" who has a nose for trouble that's sharper than most, encounters Sosia Camillina in the Forum, he senses immediately all is not right with the pretty girl. She confesses to him that she is fleeing for her life, and Falco makes the rash decision to rescue her--a decision he will come to regret. For Sosia bears a heavy burden: as heavy as a pile of stolen Imperial ingots, in fact. Matters just get more complicated when Falco meets Helena Justina, a Senator's daughter who is connected to the very same traitors he has sworn to expose. Soon Falco finds himself swept from the perilous back alleys of Ancient Rome to the silver mines of distant Britain--and up against a cabal of traitors with blood on their hands and no compunction whatsoever to do away with a snooping plebe like Falco….
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: October 3rd 2006
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 329
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
Series: Marcus Didius Falco (#1)
Rome in 70AD, and Marcus Didius Falco, informer/private eye finds himself caught up in an investigation that reaches to some of the highest people in the empire.Told in a slightly tongue in cheek manner, this tries to be a Chandler-esque PI story set in the days of Romes ever expanding empire. For t...
I don't think this series is for me. I couldn't get use to the author's writing style. It felt choppy and all over the place.
Well that didn't take long!Enjoy the different setting for a mystery. Bought the characters to life well.
bookshelves: published-1989, mystery-thriller, historical-fiction, fraudio, winter20092010, ancient-history, adventure, italy, britain-england, filthy-lucre, play-dramatisation Read from February 01 to 04, 2010 The Roman detective chances upon an illegal trade in precious metal, after rescuing a...
I love both well-done historical fiction and mystery, so I have a particular affection for hybrids like the books by Ellis Peters or Carrie Bebris. Given the setting in Imperial Rome and the smart alleck first person voice, this sounded like a blend of Gladiator and The Big Sleep only more historica...