Venus in Copper

A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery

Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries (Volume 3 of 20)

Lindsey Davis

Minotaur Books

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Rome, AD 71.  Marcus Didius Falco is deperate to leave the notorious Lautumiae prison - though being bailed out by his mother is a slight indignity...
 
Things go from bad to worse though when a group of nouveau riche ex-slaves hire him to outwit a fortune-hunting redhead, whose husbands have a habit of dying accidently, leaving him up against a female contortionist, her extra-friendly snake, indigestible cakes and rent racketeers.  And, all the while, trying to lure Helena Justina to live with him, a dangerous proposition given the notorius instability of Roman real estate.  In a case of murder as complicated as he ever faced, this Lindsey Davis' classic tale Venus in Copper shows Falco at his very finest.

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Rats are always bigger than you expect.
I heard him first: a sinister shuffle of some uninvited presence, too close for comfort in a cramped prison cell. I lifted my head.
My eyes had grown accustomed to near-darkness. As soon as he moved again I saw him: a dust-coloured, masculine specimen, his pink hands disturbingly like a human child’s. He was as big as a buck rabbit. I could think of several casual eating shops in Rome where the cooks would not be too fussy to drop this fat scavenger into their stockpots. Smother him with garlic and who would know? At a furnace stokers’

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"Period details, humor and Falco's modern sensibility add up to another sterling performance from Davis."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Falco's good-humored but intelligent narration provides a fascinating and authentic re-creation of a Rome bustling with activity... A wonderful escape."
--Library Journal
 
"Intriguing characters abound in this skillfully written, Chandleresque mystery that gives readers a peek at the seamy side of life in first-century Rome."
--School Library Journal

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Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis was born and raised in Birmingham, England. After taking an English degree at Oxford and working for the civil service for thirteen years, she “ran away to be a writer.” Her internationally bestselling novels featuring ancient Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco include The Iron Hand of Mars, Nemesis and Alexandria. She is also the author of Rebels and Traitors, set during the English Civil War. Davis is the recipient of the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, the highest accolade for crime writers, as well as the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award and the Authors' Club Best First Novel award.

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Venus in Copper
A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery
Lindsey Davis

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
January 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312647285
ISBN10: 031264728X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Includes one frontispiece map
$17.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
January 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429990080
ISBN10: 1429990082
368 pages
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