Enemies at Home : Falco: The New Generation Paperback
Part of the Flavia Albia series
We first met Flavia Albia, Falco's feisty adopted daughter, in The Ides of April. Albia is a remarkable woman in what is very much a man's world: young, widowed and fiercely independent, she lives alone on the Aventine Hill in Rome and makes a good living as a hired investigator.
An outsider in more ways than one, Albia has unique insight into life in ancient Rome, and she puts it to good use going places no man could go, and asking questions no man could ask. Even as the dust settles from her last case, Albia finds herself once again drawn into a web of lies and intrigue.
Two mysterious deaths at a local villa may be murder and, as the household slaves are implicated, Albia is once again forced to involve herself.
Her fight is not just for truth and justice, however; this time, she's also battling for the very lives of people who can't fight for themselves. Enemies at Home presents Ancient Rome as only Lindsey Davis can, offering wit, intrigue, action and the further adventures of a brilliant new heroine who promises to be as celebrated as Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina, her fictional predecessors.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 23/10/2014
- Category: Historical mysteries
- ISBN: 9781444766608
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Review by drmaf
Lacks the verve and sharpness of the original Falco series. Flavia Albia is just not as interesting a protagonist as her adoptive father. She especially lacks Falco's ability to make lots of interesting enemies, always a highlight of his stories. Curiously, this probably reflects, intentionally or otherwise, the real situation in Rome, where a woman simply would not have the same entry to circles of power at all levels of society that a man would, and would simply not be regarded as a threat in the same way a man would. I would characterise this book as fairly tame, well-written and interesting, but not inspiring much in the way of excitement or thrills. Acceptable, but disappointing when we know what Davies is capable of.