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From the creator of Falco comes Falco: the new generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine Flavia Albia in her fourth novel.
From renowned author Lindsey Davis, creator of the much-loved character, Marcus Didius Falco and his friends and family, comes the fourth novel in her all-new series set in ancient Rome.
We first met Flavia Albia, Falco's feisty adopted daughter, in The Ides of April. Albia is a remarkable woman in what is very much a man's world: young, widowed and fiercely independent, she lives alone on the Aventine Hill in Rome and makes a good living as a hired investigator. An outsider in more ways than one, Albia has unique insight into life in ancient Rome, and she puts it to good use going places no man could go, and asking questions no man could ask.
About the Author
Historical novelist Lindsey Davis is best known for her novels set in Ancient Rome, including the much-loved Marcus Didius Falco series, although she has also written about the English Civil War, including in 2014 A Cruel Fate, a book for the Quick Reads literacy initiative. Her examination of the paranoid reign of the roman emperor Domitian began with Master and God, a standalone novel, leading to her new series about Flavia Albia, set in that dark period.
Her books are translated and have been dramatized on BBC Radio 4. Her many awards include the Premio Colosseo (from the city of Rome) and the Crime Writers' Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. Most recently she was the inaugural winner of the Barcino (Barcelona) International Historical Novel Prize.
''Flavia, an informer (the ancient Roman equivalent of a PI) who believes in justice above all else, sets out to identify the remains and solve a very cold case -- which becomes more complex after she finds evidence of a previously unsuspected crime.'' -- Publishers Weekly
''Albia races against the clock to catch the killer before her wedding day. Davis' fourth case for her heroine is long on drollery, unpacking its tricky murder puzzle piecemeal.'' -- Kirkus Reviews
''[In] this thoroughly satisfying fourth outing for Flavia Albia…there is plenty of drama and danger…but there is also a hearty helping of Davis' well-placed humor.'' -- Booklist
''Davis…has the happy knack of making the reader feel entirely immersed in Rome.'' -- Times (London), praise for the author
''This excellent Roman mystery, enriched by Davis' characteristic wit and thorough understanding of the period, takes a darker turn as Flavia delves into Rome's poorest streets, rife with prostitution, exploitation, thuggery, and murder.'' -- Sunday Express (London)
ISBN: 9781473613393 ISBN-10: 1473613396 Series: Flavia Albia Audience:
Number Of Pages: 416 Published: 13th December 2016 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1