Scandal Takes a Holiday: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery

By Lindsey Davis
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The Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries: Book 16

10.90 Hours 03/14/2017 unabridged
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Ancient Rome’s organized crime syndicates have never been more dangerous or more cunning than in this latest adventure featuring first-century sleuth Marcus Didius Falco. In the Italian town of Ostia outside Rome, Falco appears to be enjoying a relaxing holiday. But when Helena arrives carrying a batch of past issues of the Daily Gazette with the intention of catching up on the latest scandal, Falco is forced to admit his real reason for being there. “Infamia,” the pen name of the gossip columnist for the Daily Gazette, has gone missing, and his fellow scribes have employed Falco to bring him back from his drunken truancy. Before long, Falco’s inquiries lead him into the world of piracy and the discovery of criminal traditions long believed dead. Is this the path toward finding Infamia? Why would pirates have kidnapped him? And if they have, will he be found alive?

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Summary

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Ancient Rome’s organized crime syndicates have never been more dangerous or more cunning than in this latest adventure featuring first-century sleuth Marcus Didius Falco.

In the Italian town of Ostia outside Rome, Falco appears to be enjoying a relaxing holiday. But when Helena arrives carrying a batch of past issues of the Daily Gazette with the intention of catching up on the latest scandal, Falco is forced to admit his real reason for being there. “Infamia,” the pen name of the gossip columnist for the Daily Gazette, has gone missing, and his fellow scribes have employed Falco to bring him back from his drunken truancy.

Before long, Falco’s inquiries lead him into the world of piracy and the discovery of criminal traditions long believed dead. Is this the path toward finding Infamia? Why would pirates have kidnapped him? And if they have, will he be found alive?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is the sixteenth Falco novel, and they have built up a large following. It is not hard to see why. They are amiable and unpretentious…The research that has gone into them allows the externals of Roman life to be presented in an evocative way. Yet the interior life of the characters remains reassuringly modern…Philip Marlowe in a toga.” Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Breezy…funny…The Rome of Davis’ imagination is licentious and entertaining in this light, bright series.” San Jose Mercury News
“The Rome of Vespasian and Titus comes to life in Davis’ entertaining sixteenth entry in her popular ancient historical series…While her deliberately modern colloquialisms (‘Go with the flow, man,’ Falco is told) take a little getting use to, they help maintain the light, arch tone.” Publishers Weekly
“First-person narration, sardonic humor, and lively characters add to this historical mystery with a contemporary feel.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis is an English novelist best known for her award-winning historical crime stories set in ancient Rome and its empire. The acclaimed Marcus Didius Falco series earned her the Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, and Alexandria made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is also the author of the acclaimed historical novels The Course of Honor and Rebels and Traitors. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the 2011 Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association for lifetime achievement. Born and raised in Birmingham, England, she read English at Oxford and worked for the civil service for thirteen years before becoming a writer.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.90
Audience: Adult
Edition: English