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Publisher's Summary

In the heyday of the Roman Empire, a small accounting error has left Marcus Didius Falco sharing a cell with a large rat. But the Empire's most hard-done-by investigator is finally bailed out, and promptly accepts a commission to help a family of freed slaves fend off a professional bribe.... A third instalment of the Marcus Didius Falco mysteries set in first century Rome, starring Anton Lesser.
©2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

'Lindsay Davis's renowned thrillers are set in first-century Rome in the age of Titus Caesar. They are exciting, witty and written in a believable historical voice that happens to be as fast moving and attractively slangy as a modern American thriller. Her private eye, Marcus Didius Falco, is reminiscent of a Chandler anti-hero, wisecracking his way through the ups and downs of solving crimes, but his romance with the daughter of a Roman senator gives him a fuller sentimental aspect. Venus in Copper, the third in the series, is made the more lively by this excellent Radio 4 dramatised production... Anton Lesser shows his extraordinary versatility as Falco, the narrator.' Christina Hardyment, The Times.
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5 out of 5 stars
By ktkat1949 on 08-02-09

another great entry in the Falco series

I highly recommend Anton Lesser as Falco. The books are excellent and he sounds just the way I picture Falco.The BBC broadcasts of these books were the first things I bought when I joined Audible.com and I go back to them constantly for the pure enjoy of relistening to them all.

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4 out of 5 stars
By E.D. on 11-20-12

Abridged is only part of the story.

I think I like the book, but since I haven't read the whole thing, how can I tell? I always feel cheated with abridgments. OK, I miss Christian Rodska's reading too. The story seems pretty good, but I don't know what's missing that would probably make it even better. In other Falco books I can't imagine not having the whole story there. I think you'll enjoy what's here, but find a way to get the whole story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rosie on 04-27-07

Sparkling dramatisation

Anton Lesser is an extremey plausible Falco and the other cast members add to a very satisfying dramatisation of the novel. Easier to follow than some of these adaptations, the parallels with modern living are made lightly and the story races along.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Corinacoley on 03-29-18

falcon does it again!

As always Lindsey Davis and Anton lesser are a great combination. I never get tired of hearing these.

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