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Ode to a Banker
(ISBN: 712680349)

Author(s): Davis, Lindsey Pages: 305
Publisher: Century Date of Publication: 2000
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Setting: Rome Period: 75 AD (Code: 7c1)
Rome Setting: y Christian/Jewish/Pagan:
Mystery: y First Person: y
Detective/Narrator: M Didius Falco
Subject: Death of a banker and publisher. Amazon.co.uk Review '...one of the closest of [Davis'] books to a classic traditional crime novel, in that it deals with a murder in a small enclosed world, with likely suspects whose motives have to be gone through by interrogation and legwork--the first of the bodies is even found in a library. Chrysippus was a banker and a publisher, owner of a minor scriptorium where not especially accurate copies of manuscripts are made by dictation; he is found with the centre rod from a scroll stuffed up his nose. Falco himself is momentarily a suspect--he had a row with Chrysippus who offered to vanity publish Falco's poems--but soon finds himself the official investigator, sub-contracting the job for his friends in the Watch. This is as elegantly picturesque in its portrait of the Emperor Vespasian's crowded metropolis as Davis has ever been; the soap opera of Falco's extended and disreputable family continues apace and amid all the snazzy puzzles, we get a real sense of a lively mind busy at work.' --Roz Kaveney
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Rating: Amazon.com.uk reviewers are mixed, some saying it's not Davis' best, but all still saying that puts it way ahead of most other writers.

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