- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099465248
- ISBN-13: 978-0099414735
- ASIN: 0099414732
- Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 0.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,189,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Silver Pigs (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries) Paperback – 2000
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I happen to love fictional history so this is a great match of mystery and history. I learned more about the Roman Empire under Vespesian than I've learned since college. And it wasn't just politics--- the book includes a good sense of everyday life. Did you know that urine was used as bleach?
There's also a dandy mystery with complicated webs of politics and greed and murder to be solved. Didius has a few missteps but ultimately has the moxy to unravel the tangled mess.
My only quibble is a modest one. I listened to the unabridged tapes. The narration is in first person, past tense which is ok. Unfortunately, the narrator has the voice of a fifty/sixty year old man. This made it a little hard to visualize a 29 year old Falco (particularly in some of the more romantic moments).
Bottom line - a series I'm eager to continue reading for the clever mystery plotting, the engaging main characters and the history lessons.
Lindsey Davis makes one critical mistake in this first outing, but it is nevertheless an engrossing and endearing book--and perhaps my favorite. Her hero, precariously poised between the lower and upper ranks of Imperial Roman society, is the perfect observer of the daily life of what the average person assumes was either a very dusty, dry existence or else extremely sensational, as in I, CLAUDIUS. The truth was probably somewhere in between, and we get it rendered in SILVER PIGS with a gritty realism and a charmingly anachronistic Sam Spade delivery that makes the novel humorous and unforgetable.
Falco has a number of problems in this book--not counting his demanding mother, irritating brothers-in-law, and not terribly hygenic nieces and nephews--the first of which is making ends meet. The fabric of his existence seems held together with cockroaches. It becomes increasingly hard to hold together after he befriends the niece of a Senator, who unwittingly holds the key to a dangerous secret.
It is with the character of Sosia that Davis makes her only significant mistake: Falco and the reader get so very attached to her that when, at the end of the first section, we are forced to part ways with her, it is tempting to put the book down in discouragement.
It is vital that you do not, for that would mean failing to meet Sosia's cousin Helena Justina, who changes everything for both Falco and the reader.Read more ›
I've read, and fortunately own, all the Falco novels available (so far) in paperback, and continue to be amazed by the high quality of each. They make great gifts, and I assure you, the recipients become instant Davis fans.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Silver Pigs sets the stage for Lindsey Davis' subsequent books and should not be missed by any mystery fan.Published 16 days ago by OsakaJoNorth
Marcus Didius Falco is a private inquisitor in imperial Rome. And if you like detective mysteries (I do) you'll love one set back two thousand years ago. Fun read.Published 8 months ago by R. Darnell
I had been meaning to start reading the Falco series for some time because of a slight acquaintance with the author. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard Condon à Bruxelles
The Marcus Didius books by Lindsey Davis are uniformly light-hearted and well-plotted. The characters are engaging and well-written. Silver Pigs is one of the better ones. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sigrid Simms
love falco got started on much later book's from library now I have started from the beginning very good book's to get thru. az. hot summer.Published 13 months ago by krysmum. in AZ.
I read this book many years ago, and fell in love with the Falco series. I'm now re-reading the whole series and loving it again!Published 13 months ago by Cath Jacobs
well once one is hooked on Lindsey's Falco, every new story is a promise to have more fun with him and his cohorts.Published 22 months ago by jay
This series is fun and entertaining with a modern "Nick & Nora" style couple set in ancient Rome. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by S. Samija