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The Iron Hand Of Mars
by Lindsey Davis
With Titus Caesar in pursuit of Marcus Didius Falco's patrician girlfriend Helena, the sleuth Falco is dispatched by Vespasian on an undercover mission to Roman Gaul, where there has been trouble with the natives. He must exercise his diplomatic skills on the very uncivil Civilis.
AD 71. Germania Libera: dark dripping forests, inhabited by bloodthirsty barbarians and legendary wild beasts, a furious prophetess who terrorises Rome, and the ghostly spirits of slaughtered Roman legionaries. Enter Marcus Didius Falco, an Imperial agent on a special mission: to find the absconding commander of a legion whose loyalty is suspect. Easier said than done, thinks Marcus, as he makes his uneasy way down the Rhenus, trying to forget that back in sunny Rome his girlfriend Helena Justina is being hotly pursued by Titus Caesar. His mood is not improved when he discovers his only allies are a woefully inadequate bunch of recruits, their embittered centurion, a rogue dog, and its innocent young master; just the right kind of support for an agent unwillingly trying to tame the Celtic hordes.
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"Splendid...mystery, pace and wit." -- Ellis Peters "Lindsey Davis doesn't merely make history come alive -- she turns it into spanking entertainment, and wraps it around an intriguing mystery. She is incapable of writing a dull sentence." -- Peter Lovesey
About Lindsey Davis
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. She was born in Birmingham but now lives in Greenwich, London. Her most recent books are Master and God followed by The Ides of April.
The Iron Hand Of Mars by Lindsey Davis
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