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Falco and the Great Library

  • Jul 19, 2010
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Once again Falco ends up in the middle of a murder and a mystery. On a family vacation to Egypt, he is "asked" by the Roman Prefect to look into the "death" of the head of the Great Library of Alexandria, at that time the largest collection of writings in the world. Falco knows that the government is simply pushing this on to him so that, if he fails, they can blame him, a foreigner. At that time there was quite a bit of anti-Roman felling in Egypt, a period of time only about 30 years after Marc Antony and Cleopatra lost the battle of Actium to Augustus.

Falco and his brother-in-law begin looking into the death, and the circumstances surrounding it, thereby stirring up a whole lot of trouble, and people. There appear to be secrets that many people want to keep quiet, and Falco is trying to turn over their rocks. There are other deaths, one particularly gruesome, before Falco sorts everything out, just as he is preparing to leave for home. There is one last task to be done, and this task very nearly causes Falco to lose his life. In the end, all is well, and our hero ends up back in Rome in one piece.

As usual in this series the writing is first rate, and the sly and subtle humor keeps the reader chuckling along with the plot, even when it turns somewhat nasty. May the author, and Falco, live long and bring us more mysteries, and enjoyment!

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A locked-room murder provides Marcus Didius Falco with an intriguing challenge in Davis's 19th novel to feature the first-century Roman sleuth (after 2007'sSaturnalia). In the spring of A.D. 77, while on vacation with his family in Alexandria, Egypt, Falco is stunned to get word that Theon, the Great Library's head librarian, with whom he just dined, has been found dead with neither marks of violence on the body nor evidence of how the killer got away from the scene of the crime. Falco probes the academic politics surrounding the Great Library to determine whether one of Theon's potential successors was the culprit. Other deaths follow, including that of a philosophy student, mauled by a crocodile that escaped from the local zoo. While the impossible crime's solution may disappoint some readers, the twisty plot with its various false leads and the author's plausible depiction of ancient Alexandria make this one of the stronger entries in this solid historical series.(May)
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ISBN-10: 0312379013
ISBN-13: 978-0312379018
Author: Lindsey Davis
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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