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Saturnalia by Lindsey Davis
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Jan 16, 10

bookshelves: historicalmystery

audiobook - What a guy read! Set in 79AD Rome, during Saturnalia (which later became "the Christmas season". Tough guy cynical informer Marcus Didius Falco has to track down the germanic priestess who led a rebellion, and has been captured and brought to Rome, but escaped while also competing w/ a master spy, solving the gory beheading of a Senator's son, and rescuing his hapless (married) brother-in-law who as a lad on a mission fell in love w/ the missing priestess. He is helped by his smart and loving wife Helena and his best friend Petro, head of the local Vigiles (combined police/firefighters). His strong-willed wife saves this from being too guy-centered, but fans of noir, or Clive Cussler, or even westerns will like this. The reader was good, too.
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