Falco finds out that Sosia, the niece of a highly placed senator, holds the secret to a stockpile of silver pigs, ingots intended for no good use. Hoping for future favors from Sosia's powerful uncle, Falco embarks on an intricate case of smuggling, murder, and treason that reaches into the palace itself. And if he does not tread lightly, the treacherous puzzle of the silver pigs could buy him a one-way ticket to his own funeral pyre.
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An excellent radio adaptation of the first Falco book. I first came across Anton Lesser in audio books and he's an excellent MDF. His asides and wit amused the whole family. It is very sad that Fritha Goodey's passing prevented her playing Helena Justina in the following dramatisations- she was excellent. The right degree of upper class. This is one that will keep coming out of the cupbord.
What a superb dramatisation of the first book in this wonderful series. If you like whodunnits, with a bit of a historical twist, then Marcus Didius Falco is the man for you! The plot and characters are well conceived, and instantly draw the listener into AD70 Rome. Anton Lesser is perfectly cast as Falco, and makes him a likeable and believable character.
I discovered Lindsey Davis' series after listening to this drama on the radio. I can recommend the other three in the series - four full length dramas should satisfy you for a while. Any chance of the BBC getting around to making some more of these?
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