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Time to Depart (original 1995; edition 1996)
Time to Depart by Lindsey Davis (1995)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446605913, Mass Market Paperback)Balbinus Pius, the most notorious gangster in Emperor Vespasian's Rome, has been convicted of a capital crime at last. A quirk of Roman law, however, allows citizens condemned to death "time to depart" and find exile outside the empire. Now as every hoodlum in Rome scrambles to take over Balbinus' operations, private eye Marcus Didius Falco has to deal with an unprecedented wave of crime--and the sneaking suspicion that Balbinus' exile may not really be so permanent after all.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:42 -0400)
Petronius Longus, captain of the Aventine watch and Falco's oldest friend, has finally nailed one of Rome's top criminals. Under Roman law citizens are not imprisoned but are allowed 'time to depart' into exile outside the empire. So one dark night, Petro and Falco put the evil Balbinus aboard ship.
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