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One of the stories from the bestselling historical fiction Falco series. As the girl came running up the steps, I decided she was wearing far too many clothes...

One of the stories from the bestselling historical fiction Falco series.

As the girl came running up the steps, I decided she was wearing far too many clothes...So, in 1989, readers were introduced to Marcus Didius Falco, the Roman informer, as he stood on the steps of the Temple of Saturn, looking out across the Forum: the heart of his world. Twenty years and twenty books later, Falco fans want a companion volume.
Only here will you learn the author's private background, including her descent from a failed assassin and how atheism improved her knitting. Here too are the real glories and heartache involved in research and creation: why the baby had to be born in Barcelona, which plots evolved from intense loathing of management trainees, what part a thermal vest played in the iconic Falco's conception. It can't be a complete handbook to ancient Rome, but it covers perennial issues. There are a hundred illustrations, some specially commissioned, others from family archives. Enlightening quotations come from the Falco books and from eminent sources: Juvenal, through Chandler, to 1066 and All That.
Readers have asked for this book. Their paranoid, secretive author agrees it is now or never. Time to spill beans on the travertine...

Reviews

Davis is a prolific and popular writer … Her research has been assiduous and detailed, her commitment to the subject is impressive, and the background detail is often eye-opening

Hilary Mantel, Observer

One of the best of the current writers in this field

Donna Leon, The Times

Surely the best historical detective in the business

Mike Ripley, Daily Telegraph

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  • EBook

    9781446455234

    January 18, 2011

    Cornerstone Digital

    320 pages

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    9781846056734

    August 2, 2010

    Century

    320 pages

    RRP $45.00

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