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  • UK First Edition, First Printing
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Released January 1, 1991
ISBN 9780091748180

£200.00

‘Rats are always bigger than you expect…’


Falco, ancient Rome’s hangdog investigator, hates sharing a cell with a rodent – though being bailed by his old mother is almost as embarassing. His high-born girlfriend can’t decide if she wants him, and Titus Caesar’s reward for past services is a wet fish. Hoping for a better life, or at least a better apartment, he takes on new clients.


On the elegant slopes of the Pincian Hill, three nouveau riche freedmen with two flashy wives are under siege by a clever redhead. Severina Zotica has a foul-mouthed parrot, an odd connection with a snake dancer – and a very suspicious past. As he pursues this flame-haired fortune-hunter, Falco finds himself beset by violent rentracketeers, poisoners, and women without consciences who have dangerous designs on him…

Book Condition & Notes

Fine first edition, with slight lean to spine and some yellowing to page block. Very slight turn in to top back corner. In fine unclipped dust jacket with very slight bruising to top back corner.


Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.

Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis has written nearly thirty novels, including her bestselling mystery series featuring laid-back First Century detective Marcus Didius Falco and his partner Helena Justina, and a new series featuring Flavia Albia, Falco's adopted daughter.

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Book Condition & Notes

Fine first edition, with slight lean to spine and some yellowing to page block. Very slight turn in to top back corner. In fine unclipped dust jacket with very slight bruising to top back corner.


Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.


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