"Venus in Copper", "Iron Hand of Mars" and "Poseidon's Gold" - the three novels in this omnibus, and published singly 1991-93 - are all set in Ancient Rome and feature private eye Falco.
Venus In Copper: In the heyday of the Roman Empire, a small accounting error has left Falco sharing a cell with a large rat. But when he is sprung from jail, he accepts a commission to help a family of freed slaves fend off a professional bride. The Iron Hand of Mars: AD 71: Titus Caesar is in pursuit of Falco's girlfriend Helena. Meanwhile, Falco is occupied on an undercover mission to Roman Germany to find the absconding commander of a legion whose loyalty is suspect. With murdered corpses along the way and an inadequate bunch of recruits for allies, the challenge increases for Falco to tame the Celtic hordes. Poseidon's Gold: Seeking the truth behind scandalous rumours about his dead brother, Festus, Falco suddenly finds himself a suspect when his brother's worst detractor is murdered.
Lindsey Davis has written over twenty historical novels, beginning with The Course of Honour. Her bestselling mystery series features laid-back First Century detective Marcus Didius Falco and his partner Helena Justina, plus friends, relations, pets and bitter enemy the Chief Spy. After an English degree at Oxford University Lindsey joined the Civil Service, but became a professional author in 1989. Her books are translated into many languages and have been dramatized on BBC Radio 4. Her many prizes include the Premio Colosseo, awarded by the Mayor of Rome 'for enhancing the image of Rome', the Sherlock award for Falco as Best Comic Detective and the Crimewriters' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. For more information, please
"She brings Imperial Rome to life" Ellis Peters "One of the best of the current writers in this field" Donna Leon, Sunday Times "Wonderful, great fun all round" Daily Telegraph
A collection of three early Falco novels Venus in Copper, The Iron Hand of Mars and Poseidon's Gold in one paperbacked package. If you haven't read them, don't miss this. (Kirkus UK)
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