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Rats are always bigger than you expect. Falco, ancient Rome's hangdog investigator, hates sharing a cell with a rodent - though being bailed by his old mother is almost as embarrassing. His high-born girlfriend can't decide if she wants him, and Titus Caesar's reward for past services is a wet fish. Hoping for a better life, or at least a better apartment, he takes on new clients.

On the elegant slopes of the Pincian Hill, three nouveau riche freedmen with two flashy wives are under siege by a clever redhead. Severina Zotica has a foul-mouthed parrot, an odd connection with a snake dancer - and a very suspicious past. As he pursues this flame-haired fortune-hunter, Falco finds himself beset by violent rentracketeers, poisoners, and women without consciences who have dangerous designs on him.

©1991 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Ltd

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  • Kathie Ward
  • 2015-06-17

Up to the usual high standard

I love this series. Great characters, intimate knowledge of everyday life in Ancient Rome. It's like taking a historical tour through the period with a street wise guide. Wonderful performance by Gordon Griffin.

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  • DFK
  • 2019-05-21

Fun listen

This is the third in the series that I listened to (I’m going in order, so that makes sense), and I’m enjoying the series and will keep with it. These books are not deep, great literature, but just plain fun, and everyone should have some fun sometimes! The narration was well-done and I’m looking forward to my next installment.