By Lindsey Davis
Falco: the subsequent Generation––Flavia Albia has taken up her father's career. in basic terms, now Rome is a extra risky, mercurial position than it was once again in pricey outdated dad's day . . .
Flavia Albia is the followed daughter of Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina. From her mom, she discovered how you can mixture in in any respect degrees of society; from her father, she discovered the methods in their mutual expert alternate. yet her wits and (frequently) sharp tongue are hers on my own.
Now, operating as a personal informer in Rome in the course of the reign of Domitian, Flavia has taken over her father's previous ramshackle digs at Fountain courtroom within the Surbura district, the place she plies her alternate with power, choice, and the standard Falco good fortune. lately employed to assist examine a deadly twist of fate, she unearths herself caught with a very lousy individual for a shopper and dealing with a well-heeled, well-connected opponent.
That is, till her shopper without notice dies less than what should be known as "suspicious circumstances." whereas this isn't a tremendous loss for society, it's a loss for Flavia Albia's pocket. Even worse, it is only one of a chain of comparable deaths for which she now reveals herself less than suspicion. prior to issues pass from abysmal to worse, Flavia needs to deal with what's occurring, and who's dependable, in Lindsey Davis' The Ides of April.
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