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Ode to a Banker

Davis, Lindsey

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ISBN 10: 0892967404 / ISBN 13: 9780892967407
Published by Mysterious Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2001
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RARE Advance Reading Copy-Uncorrected Proof-Not For Resale. 1st Printing-Full # Line. Since this is an ARC it has to be a 1st Edition though there is no info. New copy. Never read. Trade paperback format. Letter from publisher inside front cover. BEAUTIFUL copy of book and cover. COLLECTOR'S COPY. Bookseller Inventory # 001543

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Title: Ode to a Banker

Publisher: Mysterious Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

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When a wealthy Athenian banker is found gruesomely murdered, Marcus Didius Falco must scour the seedy streets of ancient Rome to hunt down the killer.

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Marcus Didius Falco, Lindsey Davis's clever private informer, passes a hot Roman summer tracking down the killer of a Greek banker and publisher. Was the killer one of Aurelius Chrysippus's stable of writers, dissatisfied with the patron's lack of enthusiasm for his latest opus or resentful about the humiliating terms of his contract? Or was Chrysippus's bloody death connected to financial shenanigans at the Aurelian Bank? Commissioned to investigate the murder by his friend Petronius Longus, Falco finds himself in the middle of a case with clues that may lie in the fragments of a manuscript found at the murder scene--or maybe in the banking records someone seems willing to kill to keep secret. At the same time, Falco's sorting out a thorny family matter concerning his mother and his sister, both of whom seem inordinately fond of an imperial spy Falco has good reason to distrust. And if that's not enough, he's also being taken to the cleaners by the contractors his wife Helena Justina has engaged to renovate their new home.

As usual, Davis brings first century Rome to glorious life, and subtly drives home the striking parallels between ancient and contemporary business, politics, and family life. In the 12th book of in this increasingly popular series, she makes the most of every opportunity for satire and spins a lively yarn guaranteed to make the reader laugh out loud and clamor for more. Fortunately, there's a solid backlist to entertain readers encountering Falco for the first time (One Virgin Too Many, Two for the Lions). --Jane Adams

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