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3.00051453563159 out of 53.00051453563159 out of 53.00051453563159 out of 53.00051453563159 out of 53.00051453563159 out of 5 3.00 (3,887 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lindsey Davis Narrator: Christian Rodska Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781504639408
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The Silver Pigs is the classic novel that introduced readers around the world to Marcus Didius Falco, a private informer with a knack for trouble, a tendency for bad luck, and a frequently inconvenient drive for justice.

When Marcus Didius Falco encounters the young and very pretty Sosia Camillina in the Forum, he senses immediately that there is something amiss. When she confesses that she is fleeing for her life, Falco offers to help her and, in doing so, gets himself mixed up in a deadly plot involving stolen ingots, dangerous and dark political machinations, and, most hazardous of all, one Helena Justina—a brash, indomitable senator’s daughter connected to the very traitors that Falco has sworn to expose.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Rome of Davis’ imagination is licentious and entertaining.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “The intriguing premise of a detective story set in Imperial Rome in 70 AD is unpredictably fulfilled by Davis’ hero-gumshoe…Wisecracking in ancient idiom, Falco seems, nevertheless, a recognizably up-to-date young man, one whose honor, humor, and humanity work him quickly into readers’ affection. Davis’ story, though couched in period detail, rewards as much for deft handling of plot and depth of characterization as for its historicity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An entertaining newcomer to fictional detectives is introduced…Woven into Falco’s adventures are humor, romance, suspense, and clues for the discerning reader.”

    Library Journal

  • “The whole thing is splendid. It has everything: mystery, pace, wit, [and] fascinating scholarship.”

    Ellis Peters, Cartier Diamond Dagger Award–winning author

  • “One of the most original and endearing books since the first Flashman.”

    Time Out

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 anthony | 1/14/2014

    " Historical novel set in ancient Rome. Basically a mystery, but you'll get a perspective of what life was like - entertaining. One minor annoyance: British author using British idioms. Would a Roman really speak like Brit? I think not! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 1/5/2014

    " Loved this historical mystery, set in Rome at about 70 A.D. If you've ever wondered what it was like to be a slave working in a silver mine in Britain during the Roman occupation, this book will give you a grim picture. Most of the action is more inspiring and fun, but it's clear this author has done her historical research. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/3/2014

    " I have had the pleasure of meeting Lindsey 3 times. She is warm, funny and interesting to talk to. I love all her Falco books, they are very witty and entertaining. Plus I have learnt more about Rome and the Empire in her beautifully researched books than any other author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 12/28/2013

    " I love this series - Lindsey Davis' light touch with her extensive research is a fabulous accomplishment . I have read them all but am working my way through them again having heard the author speak recently . She was extremely engaging about her work and rather funny - her humour reflected in Falcos sardonic and slightly cynical view of life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ami | 11/27/2013

    " The premise is interesting: a detective story set in ancient Rome. However, the execution was not to my liking. Lindsey Davis tries so hard to write witty, humorous dialogue that the novel itself felt abrupt and disjointed. Despite my efforts I couldn't really get into this novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/24/2013

    " Enjoyable but choppy and with annoying references to the future. I will gladly read further in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Marren | 11/11/2013

    " I love Falco and his escapades. A really good debut for him here! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 11/2/2013

    " Mystery set in Roman times "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 10/7/2013

    " Read this immediately before going to a talk in a local library from the author herself. I bought her latest, there and then - Nemesis, but I need to read the 17 inbetween before I get to that one! Loved her writing style (1930's gumshoe) but set in AD70! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 9/27/2013

    " This is one of those mystery novels where the characters are so well-drawn and interesting that the mystery itself doesn't seem so important. I enjoyed following Falco around the Empire, and am looking forward to trying out the other books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 5/13/2013

    " A good read especially the background on the culture and life in Rome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/1/2013

    " The first in a great series following a private informer in Roman times. Almost everything I know about ancient Rome has been from this series. Great characters and adventures - there a 20 books in the series so a fantastic author to discover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jlotterhos | 4/22/2013

    " This is very enjoyable historical fiction set in Ancient Rome. I like it, but it's not for everyone, I know. I also read the sequel Shadows in Bronze, and there are many more in the series. If you like ancient history, then you will enjoy this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/25/2013

    " This is fun and has lots of great stuff about ancient Rome in it. I just can't get over the way everyone perpetually talks in exclamations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis Larson | 11/1/2012

    " Very good read -- doesn't lag or overwork the prose. Witty as well, it made me laugh out loud a few times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 9/1/2012

    " I think I read eight of these at least and can't recall a single particular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tatianna | 8/16/2012

    " A twisty detective novel set in Ancient Rome. Reminded me of nothing so much as a Timothy Zahn book, with its likeable protagonist, first-person viewpoint, and the whole clever-but-powerless-man-trapped-in-a-plot scenario. Of course, it had some first-novel issues, but still a very fun crime caper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 11/28/2011

    " This was a great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/4/2011

    " I do so enjoy finding an author with originality. Lindsey Davis has created a wonderful tough guy detective series -- set in ancient Rome. Silver Pigs is the first of the many Falco mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Jones | 7/2/2011

    " A good mystery, but to me it was almost too fast paced. There were parts of this book that i felt needed more exploring. An all around decent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/9/2011

    " OK, but a bit predictable in parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 4/25/2011

    " Again loved the book. Am making my way through all the books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/7/2011

    " One major plot point is glaringly obvious, but you get why Falco is unwilling to notice. The rest of it is terrific. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yari | 12/7/2010

    " Great book, although it took a while to get to the most interesting part (when Helena is in the story). Still, the ending is great and surprising. Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geri | 11/16/2010

    " I enjoy following Marcus Didius Falco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirby | 9/10/2010

    " Still having a good time with detective (informer) Falco.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 9/2/2010

    " LJ was blocked at work for a few days, so this is a little delayed. Another fun Roman mystery, though I felt this one went on a little longer than it needed to. Still, I like the characters, and am attached to them already!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 8/30/2010

    " A fun mystery with some nice twists, and definitely an interesting setting. I'll probably continue with the series at some point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 8/4/2010

    " Great historical detail and characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 4/24/2010

    " This is one of the few mystery series I have read where the plot almost doesn't seem to matter--I enjoy hanging out with Falco, his dysfunctional family and friends, and the lovely Helena Justina that it almost doesn't matter that the plot is often hard to figure out... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 4/2/2010

    " Had lots of trouble getting into this book. I've loved the other ones ... maybe it was just my mood. Finally gave up at the half-way point since my husband wanted to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/2/2010

    " Revisiting an old favorite over the holidays--historical details, modern sensibility, sleuth cracks wise, the Empire is saved. "

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About the Author
Author Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis is an English novelist best known for her award-winning historical crime stories set in ancient Rome and its empire. The acclaimed Marcus Didius Falco series earned her the Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, and Alexandria made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is also the author of the acclaimed historical novels The Course of Honor and Rebels and Traitors. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the 2011 Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association for lifetime achievement. Born and raised in Birmingham, England, she read English at Oxford and worked for the civil service for thirteen years before becoming a writer.

About the Narrator

Christian Rodska has worked in theaters all over the United Kingdom and in the West End, and he has recorded hundreds of radio plays and poetry programs. Over the last thirty years he has worked regularly in television, from early programs such as Follyfoot and Doomwatch, to Taggart, Sharpe, and Wycliffe. He has recorded over one hundred audiobooks and has won several awards.