The Silver Pigs

The Silver Pigs Lindsey Davis Anton Lesser Fritha Goodey
  • Title: The Silver Pigs
  • Author: Lindsey Davis Anton Lesser Fritha Goodey
  • ISBN: 9780563525745
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Audio CD
  • The Silver Pigs Lindsey Davis Anton Lesser Fritha Goodey The Silver Pigs One fine day in AD scruffy working class informer Marcus Didius Falco literally runs into a beautiful year old girl on the steps of the Forum Sosia Camillina is on the run from a couple of str
    One fine day in 70 AD, scruffy, working class informer Marcus Didius Falco literally runs into a beautiful 16 year old girl on the steps of the Forum Sosia Camillina is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after rescuing her, Falco wants to find out why It soon becomes clear that Sosia knows a dangerous secret about a stockpile of silver ingots or pigs and thOne fine day in 70 AD, scruffy, working class informer Marcus Didius Falco literally runs into a beautiful 16 year old girl on the steps of the Forum Sosia Camillina is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after rescuing her, Falco wants to find out why It soon becomes clear that Sosia knows a dangerous secret about a stockpile of silver ingots or pigs and there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent her telling what she knows Hoping for future favors from Sosia s rich, influential uncle, Falco embarks on an intricate case of smuggling, murder, and treason that reaches as far as the Emperor s palace, and beyond the seven hills of Rome Soon, Falco finds himself in an inhospitable outpost of the Empire called Britain, where the weather is filthy, the natives restless, and the women angry There he meets Helena Justina, a spirited aristocrat who becomes an important part of his life But if he does not tread carefully, the treacherous puzzle of the silver pigs could be the death of him Anton Lesser stars as Falco with Fritha Goodey as Helena Justina in this BBC Radio 4 full cast dramatization of Lindsey Davis s first Falco novel.
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    About Lindsey Davis Anton Lesser Fritha Goodey


    1. Lindsey Davis, historical novelist, was born in Birmingham, England in 1949 Having taken a degree in English literature at Oxford University Lady Margaret Hall , she became a civil servant She left the civil service after 13 years, and when a romantic novel she had written was runner up for the 1985 Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize, she decided to become a writer, writing at first romantic serials for the UK women s magazine Woman s Realm.Her interest in history and archaeology led to her writing a historical novel about Vespasian and his lover Antonia Caenis The Course of Honour , for which she couldn t find a publisher She tried again, and her first novel featuring the Roman detective , Marcus Didius Falco, The Silver Pigs, set in the same time period and published in 1989, was the start of her runaway success as a writer of historical whodunnits A further nineteen Falco novels and Falco The Official Companion have followed, as well as The Course of Honour, which was finally published in 1998 Rebels and Traitors, set in the period of the English Civil War, was published in September 2009 Davis has won many literary awards, and was honorary president of the Classical Association from 1997 to 1998.


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    1. The Silver Pigs is fun to read And if you re looking to read to relax, there s no better praise.As I mentioned in my comment, the voice and tone reminded me of Glen Cook s Garrett, P.I series sans the fantasy element Even strongly, I m reminded of a Roman Rockford Files, which may be brilliantly illuminative to those of a certain age or who have a taste for 70s detective shows For the rest, you can wiki it and then hunt down copies of the episodes which stream on Netflix.But I m digressingMarcu [...]

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    2. Now don t be worried I reassured her Tell me, how old are you She was sixteen O Jupiter Married Do I look like a person who is married She looked like a person who soon should be Nope Not for me.

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    3. Silver Pigs begins at a run and it really doesn t let up Marcus Didius Falco, a 70 AD Roman private informer whose usual jobs involve following young philandering wives for rich old husbands, finds himself in the middle of a mystery of murder and mayhem involving important senators of high rank and even the Emperor Vespasian himself.Thirty year old Falco has a large family and a mother, but they all are grieving for Falco s brother, Didius Festus, who was a heroic soldier in the Roman army and w [...]

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    4. Wow, I really liked this It s very accessible you can enjoy it even if you don t know a thing about the history of Ancient Rome The author supplies historical details smoothly without lecturing the reader.The mystery itself wasn t especially gripping, but the story was fast paced, with truly likeable characters and great dialogue I started snickering at the dramatis personae and continued to be amused all the way through the book.There are frequent, oddly placed paragraph breaks, which make the [...]

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    5. Enjoyed the reread I always find new plot points or historical references that I ve missed This time it was Vitellius and mushy peas.

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    6. When the girl came rushing up the steps, I decided she was wearing far too many clothes Sam Spade Phillip Marlowe Mike Hammer Nope, none other than Marcus Didius Falco the private investigator who is the creation of English author Lindsey Davis And The Silver Pigs is the first of 20 books she has written about the adventures of Falco set in 70 A.D during the the beginning of the reign of Roman Emperor Vespacian.I always marvel at how well British authors can work with the Roman Empire as a setti [...]

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    7. Oh where do I start A private eye series set in ancient Rome This is the first one I won t add all the books individually, there are I think 18 by now, but it s set in Rome in 70AD, the hero is Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman informer and his friends, and his over the top family, and his lady, Helena Justina, the senator s daughter, way out of his league but that doesn t stop them, lol, and HER family They are my favourite ancient Roman couple Evah There is adventure all over the Empire, treachery, [...]

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    8. Simplesmente fant stico Um dos melhores romances hist ricos que li este ano.Retrata a poca romana sem ser exaustivo Com todo o seu encanto e conflitos Pode se comparar aos romances de Steven Saylor que tem como protagonista o Gordiano, DescobridorMas ao contr rio de Gordiano, Marco Falco um sedutor e republicano Os casos que resolve tem como clientes mulheres, que acaba por conquistar, e homens de baixa categoria No entanto a sua sorte muda, e ele acaba se envolvendo num misterioso crime Que env [...]

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    9. The series that tarted it all for me I always loved ancient Rome since I first read Asterix , and detective stories This was the perfect combination In Silver Pigs, we are introduced to Marcus Didius Falco, a hard boiled detective set in ancient Rome under Vespasian s rule Falco is taken on a journey from what starts with an upper class young lady in trouble with some ruffians, to the highest echelons of society and money counterfeiting.Expect a noir feel to the story, with gruff men and damsels [...]

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    10. Sugeriram me que experimentasse a s rie Marcus Didius Falco, de Lindsey Davis, por ser grande f da s rie Roma Sub Rosa, de Steven Saylor.Devo dizer que, com esta compara o, coloquei as expectativas um pouco elevadas, j que adoro as aventuras de Gordiano, e isso fez com que este Porcos de Prata me soubesse a pouco O livro divertido e l se bem, mas a parte do enredo policial deixa muito a desejar e a hist ria em si um pouco fraca banal No in cio dei por mim a n o gostar, sequer, das personagens, o [...]

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    11. First time I ve ever bothered to switch edition on a GR book, and that s because reading this book in 260 pages of titchy tiny font really do make a difference Does slow things down and make it that little bit worse.Still plenty good though The fun is in the humour because the mystery is sadly a little underdeveloped, but that s okay, because Lindsay Davies as Falco is one of my favourite authorial voices ever irreverent, sentimental and self deprecating.

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    12. I first encountered Marcus Didius Falco in a short story in Classical Whodunits, many years ago At the time I was interested in the late Roman Republic, so I was drawn to the Steven Saylor mysteries featuring Gordianus the Finder, contemporary of Cicero and Julius Caesar and the significant events of that era I later rediscovered Falco through audiobook versions of A Body in the Bath House and The Jupiter Myth, which occur much later in the series The Silver Pigs is the debut novel introducing [...]

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    13. Ova knjiga je za mene toalno otkrovenje Pozajmila sam je od drugarice, u fazonu Daj nesto da odmorim od fantastike I nisam se pokajala.Znate one stare, crno bele filmove o detektivima sa sesiricima i cigarom uvek u kraju usana u ciju kancelariju jednoga dana zaluta prelepa plavusa sa zanimljivim slucajem za istragu E ova knjia je bas to samo smestena u Stari Rim u vreme Cara Vespazijana Veliki plus su vrcavi humor i sarkazam glavnog lika.

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    14. When a Philip Marlowe like character becomes the narrator of events that take place in Ancient Rome, you get Lindsey Davis The research is excellent, the stories are fascinating, the historical truth is respected and a sort of hard boiled detective investigates Probably one of the best historical novels, along with Sharan Newman, on the market.

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    15. I needed a new series to make me fall in love with a clever detective informer all over again, and I really wanted it to be the M Didius Falco series The long and short of it is that Lindsey Davis failed to make me fall in love It was like a mild like I can t see myself coming back for of this series I came looking for a genuine mystery I was hoping for some Raymond Chandler style Roman detection, or some brooding Henning Mankell style Roman detection, or even some frustrating Ian Rankin style [...]

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    16. Despite the slightly strange first person writing style, I really enjoyed this book It introduces Marcus Didius Falco, a private informer just about surviving in Rome at the time of the emperor Vespasian It s fast paced and has all the elements of a novel to keep you entertained, bit of romance, crime, travel I ll certainly be picking up the next Falco story.

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    17. I read some series like River Song travels with the Doctor out of order I ve dipped and dallied with various books in the Falco series, but most recently I read Venus in Copper before going back to the source, Falco 1 The Silver Pigs Here we meet Lindsey Davis private eye Marcus Didius Falco, an informer in the first century Roman empire Falco is constantly on the hunt for new clients and new income, lest his greedy landlord send some gladiators around to bust his kneecaps and other, precious b [...]

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    18. It seems like a promising premise take the noir stock character of the down and out gumshoe, gruff on the outside but with a soft center, and move it to Imperial Rome Throw in some local color, a know it all mother, a couple of dames, some nasty bad guys, and an engaging interlude in the uncivilized wilds of Britain, seen through the eyes of the urbane Roman private eye Marcus Didius Falco.Unfortunately, The Silver Pigs didn t quite work for me For one thing, despite the author s detailed descri [...]

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    19. 3.5 stars I enjoyed Helena, Falco, his mother and Publius and several other characters in this Ancient Roman mystery, but I ve never been much into the period and had a hard time getting into it but I d been hearing about the series for so long I wanted to give it a try.The characters were definitely a strong point and I plan to look for the next book in this long and popular series while there was plenty of dry humor and excellent research into the period, the mystery itself was very complex an [...]

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    20. Actual rating 2.5 Seriously Lots of people writing in their own half stars Take the hint The first thought I had in the first chapter was Is the narrator British What is he doing in Ancient Rome I later learned that the author is in fact from England I didn t care much for the story For some reason, the plot was really hard to follow apart from the obvious and incredibly played out love at first fight line The saving grace of this story was the snarky and likeable main character and the ancient [...]

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    21. Listened to the audiobook narrated by Christian Rodska superb narration, really flavorful British accents throughout and brought all the characters to life The story is fast paced and involves a detailed plot of embezzlement, murder, and class politics Out hero, Falco, appears quite rough around the edges and of low character when we first meet him, but don t be put off this is as much a story about the internal life and evolution of Falco as it is about government intrigue.

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    22. Ah to be Rome surronded by naked people Which isn t quite what happens to Marcus Didius Falco he does seem to get surronded by women an awful lot.This is actually a quite funny, sometimes touching, and very good novel Falco must solve the mystery of the pigs which are really silver and not pig shaped at all while dealing with his mother and various others.Fun

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    23. Run don t walk to your local bookseller and start this fantastic series of first century Rome detective Marcus Falco He will win your heart and his nutty family and associats will continue to delight through many adventures.

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    24. Way back in early 2015, I read Lindsey Davis The Ides of April I liked it, and since it featured the daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, I thought I would eventually get around to the original character The Silver Pigs is the first of many Falco novels that Davis wrote over a period of than 20 years I rarely think that an entertaining mystery merits five stars, but this one does For many of us who would rather read historical mysteries than current true crime, the attraction is what an author can [...]

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    25. This is the first Davis I read and I loved it My pal and fellow author Fidelis Morgan suggested I give it a try because I couldn t think of a book that wrote about a successful relationship in an interesting way I have to say that Fidelis was right Falco and Helene are very solid in their love for one another, but they disagree and argue and do all the usual things couples do without cutting too deep when they disagree I think that s the key to a relationship haha, and a sign that it might be ov [...]

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    26. The opening bow of Marcus Didus Falco is like a Chandlerest noir novel, with first person point of view, big corrupt city and this disenchanted, cynical PI who s at the wrong place at the right time.Davis succeeds in creating a believable Rome set in Vespasian s time 70 AD with it s corrupt politicians, corrupt army, corrupt police and public administration and makes it connect with our modern life That s a tour de force Of course like any good noir novel, there is a damsel in distress that meet [...]

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    27. Not bad, but it has some flaws The book has a good pace and several charismatic characters Plus the emperor and caesars have an original but don t know if realistic psychological portrait The bad part, for me, has to do with the writing I cannot say that Davis can t write, but she has problems with the order of exposition she puts the horse before the cart, making you think you ve lost something you can t find running through previous pages, just to let you discover that it s the conclusion of a [...]

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    28. Somehow I never logged this one when I finished it in November My oversight was not because I didn t enjoy the book, because I liked it very much I don t know when I ll get to the next 20 or so installments in the series, but I am sure I will The setting is new to me Ancient Rome get a little knowledge with your hardboiled detective action and the cast of characters is engaging a gumshoe with a family that includes a lot of strong and opinionated women I know these have been around for decades a [...]

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    29. Great mysteries set in Imperial Rome The whole series 18 is worth reading, with some books better than others The Roman Empire provides a great setting, with adventures ranging from Spain to Syria and North Africa to Britian, with the capitol of it all Rome, as a center piece The characters, especially Falco s families, provide great comic relief in these light readers.

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