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Christian Rodska reads this complete, full-length Falco novel, by best-selling author Lindsey Davis.

In the high summer of AD 77, Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. Newly bereaved and facing unexpected upheavals, 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. They had a 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. 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....

©2010 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A fitting end to the series

After 19 insightful and entertaining books that bring the mystery genre to ancient Rome, the curtain falls on the series with this 20th book. Just as entertaining, just as well written and just as believably real as all the others I really enjoyed this good and think it's a great story to finish with. A BIG thank you to both Lindsey Davis and all the narrators of the series.

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  • meredith
  • 07-08-2010

brilliant

Any scepticism that I may have had has been suspended with this wonderful and very well researched
story. The narrator helps to achieve this too. I feel that I am getting a priviledged glimpse into a world
long passed, whose storyline themes continue to be relevant and haunt the minds of people far into the future.

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  • DFK
  • 07-10-2021

Excellent series, excellent finale

They say “all good things must come to an end.” Perhaps. And so ends the excellent series of Falco books. If you haven’t yet read any, start from the beginning. And if you have, you already know how good they are, and if you don’t like this series, then your taste is different, and shouldn’t bother with this one, either. Davis wrapped up the series well - that’s all I need to say. You’ll see for yourself. Rodska does a fine narration job - there have been other narrators, perhaps better, but Rodska was fine. I’m looking forward to hearing Davis’ spinoff series.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-08-2021

"Murder would justify intervention from Rome."

A lifelong fan about all things (ancient) Roman, both fictional and non fiction, I eagerly devoured Lindsey Davis's Falso series as each book was published. This time, I started at the end with the Audio read by Christian Rodska, probably not a good idea as it is, possibly, my !easy favourite of the series

And yes, I enjoyed it. But how I wish it had been Anton Lesser - my perfect Falco - reading instead of Rodska. Oh, he was fine in his interpretation of the now more mature Roman informer (investigator), married with children; although his humour was not as accessible, his personality still was clearly shown in the lerformance. But it was the other characters who were individually voiced which grated, especially the attempts at representation of female characters or any refinment, such as would have been spoken by Helena Justina, Falco's far from lesbian wife.

Nevertheless, the story is good, involved and involving and I highly recommend it to any especially first time, readers. The atmosphere of first Century Rome is very present, and is a good concluding story to a most excellent series

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  • Amanda
  • 28-07-2010

Lindsey Davis at her best

All Lindsey Davis' books are brilliant - it's just that some are more brilliant than others - and this is one of them. Few women authors can write leading male characters well, but Lindsey Davis has to be up there with the very best. The story is gripping in itself, but it's more than simply a rattling good detective novel. The death and funeral pyre scenes had me in tears (and I too am pleased that the pyre is not for Helena).
Great stuff - and equally brilliantly read by Christian Rodska.
It's no longer enough to have a simple 'narrator' - we want our characters acted out the the full, and Christian Rodska's skill in portraying everyone from the young Albia and elegant Helena to the nastiest crook and roughest vigile is simply great.

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  • Michelle
  • 01-05-2011

Falco Better than Ever

As a long-standing fan of Davis's Falco novels, I went into this with slight trepidation due to the relatively low customer rating. I was not to be disappointed, however, quite the reverse; this is Davis back to her best.

The plot is darker than before, with death hanging over the plotline from first sentence to last. Back in Rome, Falco is called in to deal with a set of deathly circumstances reaching back over many years. Without spoiling neither plot nor the superb final twist, this novel reaches back to the depths of the very earliest days of Falco's memoirs.

My only potential criticism is that the characters become slightly too entangled. This may be due to my listening when overly sleepy, however, and I am currently half way through for a second time to make sure. I am far less confused, if confused is the right word; the criticim, therefore, should be aimed more at my listening habits than at Davis's complicated structuring.

This is a novel for all die hard Falco fans, none of whom will be disappointed. I would not recommend that a MDF virgin read this first as too many characters introduced over many books (and adventures!) are all drawn together in one dark plot and a certain knowledge of each is required to fully appreciate what occurs, and why!

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  • Lizzie
  • 06-07-2010

the goddess of just punishment?

I read the previews for this novel and along with the title; I was expecting a very dark book. I was glad to discover that this book has the same light touch, humour and pathos as Lindsey Davis's previous novels. However, we do discover, through some quite unexpected twist and turns, major revelations regarding some of the established characters.
As always Christian Rodska interprets the novel beautifully, his characterisations are just right!

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  • Christine
  • 28-06-2010

Never disappoints

This is a fantastic listen just like the others, although I was VERY disturbed by the ending.... I am forever amazed at how this narrator can sound so much like a woman with only a slight change to his voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-2010

Darker Davis

Fear not~ it is not Helena that needs the funeral pire! Beautifully read once again by Christian Rodska who brings out Falco's sarcasm and wit well.
The story is difficult to review without spoiling, but Marcus meets his darker side, the bond between MDF and HJ holds strong and old friends take up new positions.
Much enjoyed.

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  • Jude777
  • 14-03-2021

Great series

A fantastic series - but please can Christian Rodska perform the other books previously performed by other narrators?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-2020

Be part of Falco's family

These lovely written books captivated us, and we've listened to every one as we built our house. Every morning and evening keen to listen to his adventures. Becoming part of his growing family and life in the Roman Empire.
Cleverly written murder mysteries, with danger, tenderness and humour.
Can't recommend these books enough, it was always "just let me listen to one more chapter . . ."

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  • Helen S Seton
  • 15-05-2019

Nemesis

Having got used to Anton Lesser as BBC’s voice of Falco, a new narrator takes some getting used to. I would have felt the same if Christian Rodska had narrated the first 5 books!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-2019

best of the series

This book has it all in spades. No loose ends, rattling plot, fantastic characters, perfect narration, excellent locations and a most unexpected and satisfying end.

AND well worth listening to again - one of my top ten favourite books.

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  • Richard
  • 11-07-2011

Excellent

I think this is one of Lindsey Davis's best Falco Novels. Thoroughly enjoyed it - especially the ending! Wow!

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