Ode To A Banker: (Falco 12)

Front Cover
Random House, Mar 1, 2011 - Fiction - 368 pages
3 Reviews

One of the Roman novels from the bestselling historical fiction , Falco series.

In the long, hot Roman Summer of AD74, Marcus Didius Falco, private informer and spare-time poet, gives a reading for his family and friends. Things get out of hand as usual. The event is taken over by Aurelius Chrysippus, a wealthy Greek banker and patron to a group of struggling writers, who offers to publish Falco's work - a golden opportunity that rapidly palls. A visit to the Chrysippusscriptorium implicates him in a gruesome literary murder so when Petronius Longus, the over-worked vigiles enquiry chief, commissions him to investigate, Falco is forced to accept.

Lindsey Davis' twelfth novel wittily explores Roman publishing and banking, taking us from the jealousies of authorship and the mire of patronage, to the darker financial world, where default can have fatal consequences...

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - NickHowes - LibraryThing

In the 12th Falco novel, ancient Rome's private informer is hired by the vigils...who have better things to do...to investigate the murder of a publisher. The publisher, it seems, turns out to have ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - nolak - LibraryThing

When Falco goes poetic, he is offered publication, but the publisher is murdered. Was it an angry writer, one of his customers in his banking business or someone in his family? The answers will take you on a romp through Roman oratory and banking, with a satisfactory ending. Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2011)

Lindsey Davis has written over twenty historical novels, beginning with The Course of Honour. Her bestselling mystery series features laid-back First Century detective Marcus Didius Falco and his partner Helena Justina, plus friends, relations, pets and bitter enemy the Chief Spy. After an English degree at Oxford University Lindsey joined the Civil Service, but became a professional author in 1989. Her books are translated into many languages and have been dramatized on BBC Radio 4. Her many prizes include the Premio Colosseo, awarded by the Mayor of Rome ‘for enhancing the image of Rome’, the Sherlock award for Falco as Best Comic Detective and the Crimewriters’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement.

For more information, please visit www.lindseydavis.co.uk.

Bibliographic information