Time to Depart (Marcus Didius Falco Series #7)

Time to Depart (Marcus Didius Falco Series #7)

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by Lindsey Davis
     
 

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One dark and gloomy dawn Petro and Falco put the evil Balbinus aboard ship, a criminal sent into exile. But an outbreak of robbery and murder suggest a new criminal ring has moved into Balbinus' territory. Petro and Falco are called in to investigate...

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One dark and gloomy dawn Petro and Falco put the evil Balbinus aboard ship, a criminal sent into exile. But an outbreak of robbery and murder suggest a new criminal ring has moved into Balbinus' territory. Petro and Falco are called in to investigate...

Editorial Reviews

Newsday
Davis is both a deft storyteller and a scholar.
Detroit Free Press
Davis's vision of everyday life in the Roman Empire is superb!
Washington Post Book World
Roman history and culture are nice accessories for the more durable tool that Davis employs -- hilariously good writing.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fresh from Last Act in Palmyra, Marcus Didius Falco, that most modern of ancient Romans, takes on organized crime in this latest installment of Davis's impeccably executed series. Falco has a job everyone loves to hate: he's the Emperor Vespasian's informer, or private detective-and he does his work well. This time, he's up against Balbinus Pius, perhaps the original John Gotti. Balbinus has finally been convicted of a capital crime, but, in traditional Roman style, he's been given a chance to flee before his scheduled execution. The power vacuum created by his departure seems to have sucked up every miscreant in Rome: markets are plundered, children are kidnapped, centurions are murdered. While Falco sets out to determine whether the crime wave is the work of a new kingpin or a herd of small-time operators, his private life is also in a bit of a spin. Companion Helena, a senator's daughter whom Falco is forbidden by law to marry because of their differing rank, is pregnant. And he's also pitted against his old army buddy and best friend, Petronius, captain of the fourth cohort of the Aventine Watch, in a corruption investigation. The tale gets a bit bumpy, as Davis, compensating for a slightly subpar mystery plot, tosses in lots of action scenes and personal turmoil. But Falco remains as delightfully irreverent and insightful as ever; and Davis, as usual, brings the time to life while handling the eternals-worry, danger, love and in-laws-just as deftly. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Davis (Last Act in Palmyra, LJ 2/1/96) turns her prodigious talents once again to ancient Rome. Marcus Didius Falco, series "secret agent," tracks an infamous criminal supposedly in exile who is exacting murderous revenge on his enemies. Dependable entertainment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780712659314
Publisher:
Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Series:
Marcus Didius Falco Series , #7
Pages:
400

Meet the Author

Lindsey Davis, born in Birmingham, now lives in Greenwich. After an English degree at Oxford she joined the Civil Service but now writes full time.

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