The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis
London : Macmillan, 1996. First Macmillan Edition with full numbers line. Hardcover. 258 pages ; 23 cm. $15.99 dust jacket. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
The first Falco mystery
ROME, AD 70.
Private informer Marcus Didius Falco knows his way round the eternal city. He can handle the muggers, the police and most of the young women. But one fresh sixteen-year-old. Sosia Camillina. finds him a case no wise Roman should be getting his nose into ...
Sosia's uncle is a senator with suspicions. Some friends. Romans and countrymen are doing a highly profitable, if highly illegal, trade in silver ingots or 'pigs'. For Falco it's the start of a murderous trail that leads far beyond the seven hills, to a godforsaken land called Britain and slavery in the Mendips lead mines ... to the Emperor Vespasian himself... and to Helena Justina who is a lady leagues out of Falco's class.
He should have listened to his mother. She always said women would be his downfall...
'Lindsey Dauis gives us a marvelous worm's eye view of the heyday of the Roman Empire' ANTHONY PRICE
'One of the most original and endearing books since the first Flashman ...it is something approaching a triumph' TIME OUT
'Louche and lovable in slangy Chandleresque narrative... a vivid and unexpected romp through the imperial heyday' MAIL ON SUNDAY
Lindsey Davis was born and brought up in Birmingham. She read English at Oxford before joining the Civil Service — then, after thirteen years, ran away to be a writer. A romantic novel was runner-up for the 1985 Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize. For a while she survived by cooking lunches for a firm of tax consultants and by producing romantic serials for Woman's Realm — then eventually she conceived the lucky idea for Didius Falco. the Roman detective. With her latest Falco novels now on the bestseller lists, she has moved from the flat which provided her first ideas for Falco's crumbling Roman apartment to a house in Greenwich which needs to be 'lovingly restored'. The Falco novels are now translated into six other European languages.
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