I just finished reading this book. We're back again in Rome, which is my favorite setting, as we get to meet again old friends and enemies of Falco. I feel it is important to read all the books in order, otherwise you may miss an important development in the relationships among the various characters. The Roman *police* was a fascinating topic to learn about. I found it interesting that the vigiles were supposed to be unarmed, just like the British "bobbies" before the 1970s. However, I got confused, because Petronius carries a sword. I will have to research this some more. Each new book makes me want to dig deeper into historical research.
Roman law alows every citizen condemned to daeth time to depart-in other words time ti skip town.No matter how hard Marcus Didius Falso worked to convict Balbinus Plus,the dirtest underworld organizer in the empire,the man has gotten away scot-free.Now as every crook in Rome is scrambling to take overBalbinus's scams.
Roman law allows every citizen condemned to detah "time to depart" in other words, time to skip town. No matter how hard Marcus Didius Falco worked to convict Balbinus Pius, the dirtiest underworld organizer in the empire, the man has gotten away scot free. Now as every crook in Rome is scrambling to take over Balbinus's scams, Falco has to deal with heists in the Emporium, murders in the vias, shady deals at the Bower of Venus not to mention his own forgidden romance with a senator's daughter. Meanwhile, Balbinus is said ot be on his way home. And if he is, Falco's life won't be worth a red centum.