Poseidon's Gold (Marcus Didius Falco Series #5)

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Marcus Didius Falco returns from a mission to find his apartment has been wrecked by squatters and an ex-legionary friend of his heroic brother Festus is demanding money, allegedly owed him as the result of one of Festus’s wild schemes. Worse still, the only client Falco can get is his mother — who wants him to clear the family name. Then just as Falco thinks things can only ...

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Overview

Marcus Didius Falco returns from a mission to find his apartment has been wrecked by squatters and an ex-legionary friend of his heroic brother Festus is demanding money, allegedly owed him as the result of one of Festus’s wild schemes. Worse still, the only client Falco can get is his mother — who wants him to clear the family name. Then just as Falco thinks things can only get better, fate takes a turn for the worse…


Seeking the truth behind scandalous rumors about his dead brother, Festus, P.I. Marcus Didius Falco suddenly finds himself a suspect--when his brother's worst detractor is murdered. "A vividly realized imperial Rome--noisy, dense and dangerous."--Publishers Weekly. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Davis (The Iron Hand of Mars) introduces a bright new figure in the brisk fifth novel in her series starring Marcus Didius Falco, free-lance ``informer'' in Rome during the first century A.D. Falco's dad, Geminus, who abandoned his family when Falco was a youngster, becomes his estranged son's unwelcome partner in an effort to relieve the family of a serious debt incurred by Falco's brother Festus, who died while serving in the army. Before his death, Festus had masterminded a scheme to sell a statue of Poseidon by the famed Phidias, involving fellow soldiers in a syndicate to buy the statue from its Greek owners. After the Poseidon was apparently lost at sea, a rude centurion shows up to insist that the syndicate be reimbursed. He and Falco fight in public, and later, when the soldier is stabbed to death, Falco is prime suspect. The intricate plot places Falco's highborn lover, Helena Justina, in jeopardy as she is also charged in the murder. To clear himself and Helena, Falco is forced to team up with his art-auctioneer father, a most appealing rogue, and come to grips with myths and facts of his family's personal history. Davis offers a vividly realized Imperial Rome-noisy, dense and dangerous. (Oct.)
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YA-This entertaining series continues as Falco is challenged to locate both the art treasure hidden by his deceased brother as well as to clear his own name from a murder charge. His father, an auctioneer of (sometimes fine) art, and Helena, his fiancee, are able assistants. The first-person narrative immediately draws readers into the story. Falco's dry wit surfaces with puns and satirical asides, and the conversations are especially realistic-often with half sentences. Details of Roman art, architecture, military, etc. appear throughout. Although the sleuthing progresses logically and in a step-by-step fashion, the vocabulary is fairly difficult. The family tree, list of characters, and map of Imperial Rome are helpful additions to understanding this delightful romp into the past.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Donna Seaman
The latest installment in Davis' creative series about the first-century Roman sleuth Marcus Didius Falco couldn't be wittier or more vivid and charming. Falco is an endearing, curly-haired hunk with high moral standards, notwithstanding his bred-in-the-bone cynicism and an irresistible world-weariness. His turf, Rome circa A.D. 72, is not a realm for the fastidious. As Davis so energetically renders it, it's a city of filth, chaos, and chicanery, yet her good-natured, clever, and marvelously sarcastic characters aren't the least bit fazed, especially Falco's tough girlfriend, Helena Justina. She's not supposed to be scrappy and independent; she's the daughter of a senator, but she sticks by her man in spite of the fact that he can't scrape up the money or the authorization to officially marry her. They have plenty of other things to worry about, however, such as the fact that Falco is a prime murder suspect in a death linked to shady deals concocted by his late conniving brother Festus. As Falco attempts to clear his name without sullying his brother's any more than he has to, he ends up effecting an entirely unexpected reconciliation with his estranged father. This is a thoroughly enjoyable romp.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345380258
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/27/1995
  • Series: Marcus Didius Falco Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author


Lindsey Davis began writing about the Romans with The Course of Honour. Her long–running series featuring laid–back First Century Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco is published in Britain and the U.S., has been translated into many languages. She has won the CWA Historical Dagger, the Dagger in the Library, and a Sherlock for Falco as Best Detective. She has been Honorary President of the Classical Association and is a past Chair of the Crimewriters' Association.
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