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Shadows in Bronze: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2007
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“Knockabout adventure.”—Kirkus Reviews
—Washington Post Book World
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DEATH TO THE EMPEROR!
It's the first century A.D. and Marcus Didius Falco, Ancient Rome's favorite son and sometime palace spy, has just been dealt a lousy blow from the gods: The beautiful, high-born Helena Justina has left him in the dust. So when the Emperor Vespasian calls upon him to investigate an act of treason, Falco is more than ready for a distraction. Disguised as an idle vacationer in the company of his best friend Petronius, Falco travels from the Isle of Capreae to Neapolis and all the way to the great city of Pompeii…where a whole new series of Herculean events--involving yet another conspiracy, and a fateful meeting with his beloved Helena--are about to erupt….
"Davis mixes Modern sensibility [and] fascinating historical detail."--Chicago Tribune
"Knockabout adventure."--Kirkus Reviews
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In this second novel, Falco continues his investigations in the aftermath of the stolen silver ingots. Expect more noir detective story-style, with an increasing romantic angle.
Be aware that while it's not necessary to read the books in order, it certainly helps. Davis' love for the period and the personas (or dislike of some) shines through the writing, even if one sometimes wonders how a lowly nobody gets to meet the reigning emperor.
Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In Absentia: Togas, Daggers, and Magic (Felix the Fox Book 1)Murder In Absentia: Togas, Daggers, and Magic (Felix the Fox Book 1) - for lovers of Ancient Rome, Murder Mysteries, and Urban Fantasy.