Book 2 in the Marcus Didius Falco series (1990)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Marcus Didius Falco takes to the streets of Ancient Rome once more, this time as a private investigator for the Emperor Vespasian himself. He is put on the trail of a villain who means to depose the Emperor.
Can the hero of Silver Pigs satisfy the emperor he works for and the woman he pines for without getting himself killed? With readers and critics hungry for his further adventures, Ancient Roman gumshoe Marcus Didius Falco really has no choice.
It’s the first century A.D. and Marcus Didius Falco, Ancient Rome’s favorite son and sometime palace spy, has just been dealt a lousy blow from the gods: The beautiful, high-born Helena Justina has left him in the dust.
So when Emperor Vespasian calls upon him to investigate an act of treason, Falco is more than ready for a distraction. Disguised as an idle vacationer in the company of his best friend Petronius, Falco travels from the Isle of Capreae to Neapolis and all the way to the great city of Pompeii.
This is where a whole new series of Herculean events–involving yet another conspiracy, and a fateful meeting with his beloved Helena–are about to erupt….