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Publisher's Summary

Christian Rodska reads this complete, full-length Falco novel, by best-selling author Lindsey Davis.
In the high summer of AD 77, Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. Newly bereaved and facing unexpected upheavals, it is a relief for him to consider someone else’s misfortunes. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father, Geminus, have disappeared. They had a feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who live rough in the pestilential Pontine Marshes, terrorising the neighbourhood.
When a mutilated corpse turns up near Rome, Falco and his vigiles friend Petronius investigate, even though it means travelling in the dread marshes. But just as they are making progress, the Chief Spy, Anacrites, snatches their case away from them. Making further enquiries after they have been warned off can only be dangerous - but when did that stop Falco and Petronius?
Egged on by the slippery bureaucrats who hate Anacrites, the dogged friends dig deeper while a psychotic killer keeps taking more victims, and the shocking truth creeps closer and closer to home....
©2010 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By meredith on 08-07-10

brilliant

Any scepticism that I may have had has been suspended with this wonderful and very well researched
story. The narrator helps to achieve this too. I feel that I am getting a priviledged glimpse into a world
long passed, whose storyline themes continue to be relevant and haunt the minds of people far into the future.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-10-10

Darker Davis

Fear not~ it is not Helena that needs the funeral pire! Beautifully read once again by Christian Rodska who brings out Falco's sarcasm and wit well.
The story is difficult to review without spoiling, but Marcus meets his darker side, the bond between MDF and HJ holds strong and old friends take up new positions.
Much enjoyed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 07-28-10

Lindsey Davis at her best

All Lindsey Davis' books are brilliant - it's just that some are more brilliant than others - and this is one of them. Few women authors can write leading male characters well, but Lindsey Davis has to be up there with the very best. The story is gripping in itself, but it's more than simply a rattling good detective novel. The death and funeral pyre scenes had me in tears (and I too am pleased that the pyre is not for Helena).
Great stuff - and equally brilliantly read by Christian Rodska.
It's no longer enough to have a simple 'narrator' - we want our characters acted out the the full, and Christian Rodska's skill in portraying everyone from the young Albia and elegant Helena to the nastiest crook and roughest vigile is simply great.

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By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 01-13-18

A fitting end to the series

After 19 insightful and entertaining books that bring the mystery genre to ancient Rome, the curtain falls on the series with this 20th book. Just as entertaining, just as well written and just as believably real as all the others I really enjoyed this good and think it's a great story to finish with. A BIG thank you to both Lindsey Davis and all the narrators of the series.

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