A near-fine first edition of the author's second novel, signed and dated to the title page. Small bump to the bottom of the front board, and some very light bruising to spine. In a near-fine unclipped dust jacket, with some wear along the edges and some light bruising to spine to match.
Rome. AD 71. Marcus Didius Falco, now Imperial Agent to Emperor Vespasian, is keeping busy tidying up corpses, kicking over the traces of a failed coup, making a bit on the side in stolen lead ingots. But a new plot to usurp the purple robes of power puts Falco on the back of a mule with a one-way ticket down the Appian Way - bumping into trouble, treason and Helena Justina, a senator's daughter he's trying hard to forget.