Rats are always bigger than you expect...' Marcus Didius Falco, ancient Rome's hangdog investigator, hates sharing a cell with a rodent - though being bailed by his old mother is almost as embarassing.
His highborn girlfriend can't decide if she wants him and Titus Caesar's reward for past services is a wet fish.
Hoping for a better life, or at least a better apartment, he takes on new clients.
On the elegant slopes of the Pincian Hill, three nouveaux riches freedmen with two flashy wives are under siege by a clever redhead.
Severina Zotica has a foul-mouthed parrot, an odd connection with a snake dancer - and averysuspicious past.
As he pursues this flame-haired fortune-hunter, Falco finds himself beset by violent rent-racketeers, poisoners, and women without consciences who have dangerous designs on him...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, 1 map
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 07/02/2008
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099515074