This is the 9th book in Lindsey's mystery series set in ancient Rome during the time of the Emperor Vespasian and featuring Marcus Falco, an informer, who sometimes works for the Emperor.
Here Marcus and Helena have just returned to Rome from Spain with their baby daughter to find that Marcus's friend Petro has been suspended from the Vigiles and thrown out of his house by his wife, because he is having an affair with the daughter of a notorious gangster.
Since Petro is at loose ends, he decides to "help" Falco with his investigations. He joins just in time, as Falco is soon on the trail of a serial killer who murders during the great Roman festivals. The first clue is that small parts, like hands, are showing up in the Roman water supply.
I love Lindsey's books and I have faithfully followed Falco from book to book, but this one was a bit gruesome for my taste. Still it is a wonderful series.
Serial killer loose during Roman festival games in A.D.72 and body parts are turning up in Romes water supply. Falco is a tough PI working in ancient Rome. He is totally convincing in this roll we normally think of as completely American. The reader gets a wonderful view of Rome in the early years of the empire from the seamier side of the city.
Its 73 A.D. and a serial killer is loose in Rome. Since he deposits parts of his victims in the Roman aqueduct system, he garners more than a little interest from the citizens. Our hero, Falco, and his friend Petronius are hired to find the killer, leading to a manhunt not only in Rome but in the nearby countryside. As usual, Ms. Davis research is deep and exposition informative. If you want to learn some intricate details about the Roman water system, this is the place. And as in the eight previous Falco novels, Davis maintains a light tone with Falcos domestic woes to balance the darkness of the murder mystery. Its been a while since I read the previous installments, but I have to think that this is one of the better books in the series.