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The Jupiter Myth by Lindsey Davis

The Jupiter Myth (2002)

by Lindsey Davis

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Series: Marcus Didius Falco (14)

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Marcus Didius Falco remains in Britain on what is supposed to be a vacation before returning home to Rome with his family. But something comes up...a British man of interest to an important ally is drowned in a well and Falco is detailed to find out who did it. Naturally, it turns out to be very complicated and exceedingly dangerous. Falco is a tough private eye in ancient Rome who lives and works among the seedy of the empire. Davis does her usual superlative job of presenting a believable view of street life, one that seems quite convincing, given the crazy antics of their rulers that did make it to the history books. This time, the focus is Londinium of the 1st Century, capitol of Roman Britain. Lots of fun and so much historical content, you'll look forward to rereading the book in a couple years. ( )
  NickHowes | Oct 14, 2015 |
witty & charming. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
witty & charming. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
This one was decent, but Davis has written better installments. While The Jupiter Myth is a rather standard crime novel, Davis' Falco books in general stand out because of the background research that's gone into them, and how she blends modern sensitivities with an ancient worldview. That said, This Falco adventure specifically felt not independent enough for me: too many subplots and twists depend on characters brought back from earlier books.

Davis' depiction of late first-century Londinium is delightful, and had the book been carried more as a separate mystery rather than a sequel tying up old and loose ends I'd have enjoyed it more than I did. ( )
  Petroglyph | Jul 26, 2013 |
Marcus Didius Falco and his family are waiting to return to Rome after a successful investigation in Britain when a body is discovered in a bar well. Falco is an informant so he gets the job of investigating. Unfortunately, the dead man was one Falco knew - a criminal. And Falco soon learns that the death is associated with a criminal gang that seems to have virtually taken over Roman London. Falco's problems escalate when his wife adopts a teenaged runaway girl, and when Falco himself runs into Chloris, the lover he left behind - a beautiful acrobat who has become a female gladiator.
In the first century A.D., Roman Britain is still fresh, Rome is still an expanding power, and Britain is the ragged edge of Empire. Still, Roman customs are being introduced to Britain - baths, gladiators, olives, and wine. And the gods, of course. But it takes a while for Falco to determine that there is a connection between all of the wineshops, whorehouses, and theatres named after Jupiter. The connection is the gang - a gang that is another very Roman innovation in Britain. And it turns out that Falco and his best friend Petronius Longus had faced that gang before, back in Rome.
The description of ancient Romans living with ancient Britons is a vivid portrait of the age and the headaches of colonization. Marcus, formerly a man acquainted with the seamy side of life that old girlfriend Chloris represents, now finds himself going up against it again when he uncovers evidence that Verovolcus' death may be linked to organized crime through a wimp of a mob boss whom Tony Soprano would whack on the spot. Not only that, the wimp boss in question has a personal grudge against hero and Falco friend L. Petronius Longus, who in turn has a personal, intimate tension with Falco's widowed sister Maia, who, in true noir tradition, reportedly is kidnapped by the mob in the book's final third.

But all is not as it seems...and you'll have as much fun as I did deciphering the ending with Marcus and his cast of strong women. ( )
  Jawin | Oct 6, 2011 |
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The latest book in the popular Marcus Didius Falco series - a classic noir tale of gangsters, gladiators, and romance.

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While visiting his wife's relatives in Britain, Roman sleuth Marcus Didius Falco confronts a diplomatic crisis when the body of King Togidubnus is found stuffed down a barroom well.

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