Nemesis: A Marcus Didius Falco Novel

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Macmillan, Aug 31, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
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The much awaited latest installment in this New York Times bestselling series brings Marcus Didius Falco back to the city of Rome and its deadly, convoluted intrigues

In the high summer of A.D. 77, Roman informer Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. Newly bereaved and facing unexpected upheavals in his life, it is a relief for him to consider someone else's misfortunes. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father, Geminus, have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. They had an old feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who live rough in the pestilential Pontine Marshes, terrorizing the neighborhood.

When a mutilated corpse turns up near Rome, Falco and his vigiles friend Petronius investigate, even though it means traveling in the dread marshes. But just as they are making progress, the Chief Spy, Anacrites, snatches their case away from them. As his rivalry with Falco escalates, he makes false overtures of friendship, but fails to cover up the fact that the violent Claudii have acquired corrupt protection at the highest level. Making further enquiries after they have been warned off can only be dangerous—but when did that stop Falco and Petronius?

Egged on by the slippery bureaucrats who hate Anacrites, the dogged friends dig deeper while a psychotic killer keeps taking more victims, and the shocking truth creeps closer and closer to home.

After Alexandria, the first book in this long-running series to hit the New York Times Bestseller list, Lindsey Davis brings her beloved characters and series back to Rome in a book that brings together a number of long-running plot threads to surprising and compelling conclusions.

 

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Review: Nemesis (Marcus Didius Falco #20)

User Review  - Travis - Goodreads

An intriguing Falco mystery that pins our intrepid hero against his arch-rival. Read full review

Review: Nemesis (Marcus Didius Falco #20)

User Review  - Bambola - Goodreads

My favourite Falco I think. A bit darker than some of the others, but clearly I liked it a lot. Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
3
Chapter 2
7
Chapter 3
17
Chapter 4
23
Chapter 5
26
Chapter 6
35
Chapter 7
41
Chapter 8
46
Chapter 33
189
Chapter 34
198
Chapter 35
203
Chapter 36
206
Chapter 37
212
Chapter 38
217
Chapter 39
223
Chapter 40
226

Chapter 9
51
Chapter 10
56
Chapter 11
61
Chapter 12
67
Chapter 13
76
Chapter 14
79
Chapter 15
82
Chapter 16
90
Chapter 17
95
Chapter 18
97
Chapter 19
104
Chapter 20
112
Chapter 21
117
Chapter 22
120
Chapter 23
129
Chapter 24
135
Chapter 25
142
Chapter 26
147
Chapter 27
153
Chapter 28
157
Chapter 29
163
Chapter 30
167
Chapter 31
174
Chapter 32
180
Chapter 41
231
Chapter 42
233
Chapter 43
234
Chapter 44
238
Chapter 45
241
Chapter 46
247
Chapter 47
255
Chapter 48
260
Chapter 49
265
Chapter 50
269
Chapter 51
271
Chapter 52
278
Chapter 53
285
Chapter 54
292
Chapter 55
297
Chapter 56
303
Chapter 57
305
Chapter 58
310
Chapter 59
315
Chapter 60
323
Chapter 61
328
Chapter 62
337
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Lindsey Davis was born and raised in Birmingham, England. After taking an English degree at Oxford and working for the civil service for thirteen years, she "ran away to be a writer." Her internationally bestselling novels featuring ancient Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco include Venus in Copper, The Iron Hand of Mars and Alexandria. She is also the author of Rebels and Traitors, set during the English Civil War. Davis is the recipient of the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, the highest accolade for crime writers, as well as the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award and the Authors' Club Best First Novel award.

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