Ode To A Banker: (Falco 12)
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...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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 ReviewUser 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