By Lindsey Davis
AD75. Marcus Didius Falco, as soon as a standard informer, now heart type, discovers that newly obtained rank brings linked difficulties, the main ugly of that's a corpse buried below the tiles of his new bathtub condominium. The contractors have fled to Britain whence, because the Fates have it, Falco is ordered. a neighborhood leader and best friend of the Romans is having a Palace equipped through the Emperor Vespasian. but the undertaking is operating past due, paintings is slipshod, and deadly injuries hold occurring. someplace on web site are the murderers who could be in the back of this most up-to-date spate of killings. someplace within the leading edge, trouble-shooting for the Emperor is Falco, with no an best friend and now subsequent at the record for assassination.
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Balfour stood up, performing gentlemanly composure. “I see you are a clever maneuverer. I shall make some discreet inquiries. ” I neither spoke nor moved, but Balfour took no notice, and within an instant he was gone from my rooms. For some time I remained motionless. I thought on what had transpired and what it might mean, and then I reached for the bottle of port. TWO MY BUSINESS IN those days was new—I had not quite two years’ experience and I still struggled to learn the secrets of my trade.
I cannot tell you of second steps nor of which rascals are appropriate for you to speak with regarding my father’s murder. ” I was silent for some time. I wanted nothing so much as to send the man away, for I had always been willing to go considerable lengths to avoid contact with my family. Yet twenty pounds was no small amount to me, and while I dreaded the terrible day of reckoning, I knew I needed some external force to push me toward reestablishing contact with those whom I had long neglected.
How reckless had the coachman been? Had my father stepped blindly in his way? Could it have been avoided? All answerless questions, the magistrate determined. The coachman, while negligent, had acted without malicious intention, and could have had no reason to want to do harm to my father. The same act perpetrated against an earl or a Parliamentarian might have earned the coachman, at the very least, seven years of transportation to the colonies, but the careless trampling of a Jewish stock-jobber was hardly a matter over which to unfurl the full majesty of the law.
A Body in the Bathhouse (Marcus Didius Falco, Book 15) by Lindsey Davis