Two for the Lions Paperback
Part of the Falco series
Lumbered with working alongside reptilian Chief Spy Anacrites, Marcus Didius Falco has the perfect plan to make money - he will assist Vespasian in the Emperor's 'Great Census' of AD73.
His potential fee could finally allow him to join the middle ranks and be worthy of long-suffering Helena Justina.
Unexpectedly confronted with the murder of a man-eating lion, Falco is distracted from his original task, uncovering a bitter rivalry between the gladiators' trainers.
With one star gladiator dead, Falco is forced to investigate and the trail leads from Rome to the blood-soaked sand of the arena in North Africa.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages, maps
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 05/02/2009
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780099515265
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Review by NickHowes
Private informer Marcus Didius Falco is drawn into the investigation of the death of a lion used for executing criminals in the arena. He and Helena Justina wind up in the Roman provinces in North Africa, trying to unravel the mystery which also involves the murder of a gladiator. Lindsay Davis again describes the street life of ancient Rome in a very convincing manner, filled with detail. This time she talks a bit about gladiators and, to a greater extent, the bestiary who provided wild animals to the Roman arena. Excellent novel although I found the denouement more complicated than most.