Shadows in Bronze: A Marcus Didius Falco Novel by Lindsey Davis
New York : Crown Publishers, Inc., 1990. First American Edition. Stated. Hardcover. 341 pages ; 24 cm. $19.00 dust jacket with minimal wear. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
SHADOWS IN BRONZE
Marcus Didius Falco, the wry, witty, and lovable private eye, first captured the imagination of readers and critics alike in Lindsey Davis's highly acclaimed first novel, Silver Pigs. Now, an older but not much wiser Falco takes to the streets of Ancient Rome in the elevated position of gumshoe to the Emperor Vespasian.
It's A.D. 70 and just another ordinary day for Falco as he goes about his business —disposing of the odd corpse, kicking over the final traces of a failed plot against the emperor, and making a bit on the side in stolen lead ingots. But his sleazy sleuthing soon puts him on the trail of the villain Barnabas who will stop at nothing to snatch power from the emperor, and who seems to have an especially ruthless vendetta against Falco himself.
Disguised as a water-pipe salesman, Falco follows Barnabas to the honeyed shores of the Bay of Neapolis where, on the peaceful slopes of Mount Vesuvius, he has a painful reencounter with his lost lady-love, the beautiful and imperious Helena Justina.
Falco now finds himself chasing both Helena and Barnabas around the coast, and he has to confront danger, humiliation, and near-defeat in order to pin them down.
Written with humor, suspense, and erudition, Shadows in Bronze takes the reader on a vastly entertaining and enlightening romp through the Imperial heyday and confirms Marcus Didius Falco as one of the most original and memorable heroes of the genre.
LINDSEY DAVIS was born and brought up in Birmingham, England. After reading English at Oxford, she joined the Civil Service, but she now writes full-time.
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