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Nemesis by Lindsey Davis
  

Nemesis

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 27 January 2011.

Winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger 2011.

In the high summer of 77 AD, Roman informer Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. Newly bereaved and facing unexpected upheavals in his life, it is a relief for him to consider someone else's misfortunes. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father, Geminus, have disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

If you like Lindsey Davis you might also like to read books by David Wishart, Allan Massie and Steven Saylor.

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Nemesis by Lindsey Davis

In the high summer of 77 AD, Roman informer Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. Newly bereaved and facing unexpected upheavals in his life, it is a relief for him to consider someone else's misfortunes. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father, Geminus, have disappeared in mysterious circumstances. They had an old feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who live rough in the pestilential Pontine Marshes, terrorising the neighbourhood. When a mutilated corpse turns up near Rome, Falco and his vigiles friend Petronius investigate, even though it means travelling in the dread marshes. But just as they are making progress, the Chief Spy, Anacrites, snatches their case away from them. As his rivalry with Falco escalates, he makes false overtures of friendship, but fails to cover up the fact that the violent Claudii have acquired corrupt protection at the highest level. Making further enquiries after they have been warned off can only be dangerous - but when did that stop Falco and Petronius? Egged on by the slippery bureaucrats who hate Anacrites, the dogged friends dig deeper while a psychotic killer keeps taking more victims, and the shocking truth creeps closer and closer to home...


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Davis is a prolific and popular writer ... Her research has been assiduous and detailed, her commitment to the subject is impressive, and the background detail is often eye-opening -- Hilary Mantel * Observer * One of the best of the current writers in this field -- Donna Leon * The Times * Surely the best historical detective in the business -- Mike Ripley * Daily Telegraph * The whole thing is splendid. It has everything: mystery, pace wit, fascinating scholarship ... she brings imperial Rome to life -- Ellis Peters


About the Author

Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis's first Falco novel, The Silver Pigs, was published in 1989. Since then, her novel Two For the Lions won the inaugural Ellis Peters Historical Dagger in 1998, and in 1999 she received the Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective for her creation, Marcus Didius Falco. Lindsey's last ten novels have all been Sunday Times hardback bestsellers. She was born in Birmingham but now lives in Greenwich. In 2011 The Crime Writers' Association announced that the Cartier Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in the UK crime writing world, went to Lindsey Davis.

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Publication date

3rd February 2011

Author

Lindsey Davis

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Author's Website

www.lindseydavis.co.uk/

Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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Historical mysteries

ISBN

9780099536772

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