Nemesis

Nemesis

Book - 2010
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"In the high summer of 77AD, 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 in mysterious circumstances. They had an old feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who live rough in the pestilential Pontine Marshes, terrorising the neighbourhood. When a mutilated corpse turns up near Rome, Falco and his vigiles friend Petronius investigate, even though it means travelling 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..."--Fantastic Fiction website.
Publisher: London : Century, c2010.
ISBN: 9781846056123
9781846056116
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 24 cm.

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Palomino
Aug 06, 2014

As a longtime fan of Falco, I've noticed each novel is increasingly convoluted and the whole thing is a bit removed from the original fun, but I did enjoy this one and laughed several times. I think you'd like the book more if you were familiar with the characters from previous books (so go read some). I liked the "dark" theme, something to think about after you're done, I'm and adult and I don't need my novels *too* sweet.

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kenglish43
Jan 30, 2014

Just okay. Too much filler of extraneous names and details that don't really advance the story.

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nerowolfgal
Aug 16, 2012

Much darker, grittier than usual in this series, but a very good read.

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catfish1
Jul 04, 2011

Yes it is dark but that might reflect those times as much as these. Still an excellent plot and an engrossing read. I hope that she hasn't wrapped the series up.

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LT
May 16, 2011

Spoiler alert: stop reading if you don't want any information about the plot.

I suppose that Falco had to end up investigating a serial murder at some point in his career. Unfortunately, Lindsey Davis' wonderful quirkiness is often subdued or out-of-place in her exploration of this theme. Her latest Falco outing is slightly disappointing, perhaps because it is oddly reminiscent of the banquet of serial killings that are served for our delectation in so many contemporary mysteries. One would never know by the reading habits of the Western hemisphere that serial killing is a rather rare event. Maybe this is why it holds a morbid fascination for us.

Certain plot details lead me to wonder whether Falco may take up a new occupation or be forced into early retirement. In support of my theory, Davis' publishers have announced her new mystery series, which is set in the time of the Roundheads and the Cavaliers.

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andreareads
Dec 06, 2010

This was not a favourite of mine among the Falco books, but I have really enjoyed the series.

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andreareads
Dec 06, 2010

We lingered over a fine meal, eaten out of doors with grand sea views from the lofty precipice where Antium stood. This was always an hour when we liked to come together, to relax, review the day and reassert our partnership. With just the two of us tonight, it was like old times - that elusive condition married people should seek more often.

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andreareads
Dec 06, 2010

The butcher in Lanuvium was typical. He was built like an unhealthy boxer, with a cleaver through his belt. A row of meat joints hung along the front of his shop, just where his horrible nitty head would bang into them all day. He had blood on his tunic. It looked and smelt as if it was weeks old so if you ate his meat you would keel over. But if we all avoided the produce of off-putting butchers, we would be stuck with a diet of lettuce leaves and the Empire would be overrun by beefy barbarians.

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andreareads
Dec 06, 2010

I find it surprising more people are not killed over dinner at home. In my work we reckon that murder is most likely to happen among close acquaintances. Someone will finally snap after years of being wound up to blind rage by the very folk who best know how to drive them to distraction.

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