One Virgin Too Many

One Virgin Too Many

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Baker & Taylor
First-century Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco is drawn into the secretive and sometimes bloody world of Rome's religious cults when a female member of one of these groups is found murdered.

Blackwell North Amer
Rome's top shamus Marcus Didius Falco finds himself in a foul situation when he's appointed Procurer of Sacred Poultry. Morosely baby-sitting geese and stewing about his future, he's about to make a classic mistake: He doesn't take his newest client seriously.
The girl, a perfect doll, had waited for him on his doorstep, tapping a tiny foot in a golden sandal, her loyal retainers hanging about within earshot. Her voice was petulant when she told him someone in her family wanted to kill her; he should have noticed the fear in her eyes.
With domestic troubles of his own, Falco sent her home. For one thing, a lion had eaten his brother-in-law, leaving his sister and her children impoverished. For another, the sweet young thing wanting to hire him was only six years old. That was before Gaia Laelia, the leading candidate to become the next Vestal Virgin living in the sanctum santorum, disappeared.
Hounded by his own guilt and the "I told you so's" of his all-too-perceptive wife, Helena, Falco joins the hunt, both helped and hindered by Helena's brother and his clueless new partner. The twisting trail will lead to a gruesome murder and into the cold-blooded intrigues of those who practice rites both sacred and profane. Here, in the temples of Rome, piety is a cousin to madness, and lust and religious fervor are just a hair's breadth apart. And here a little girl's life can be cut tragically short - not by Clotho, Lachesis, or Atropos, but by an all too human hand.

Hachette Book Group
Marcus Didius Falco, the cynical, hard-boiled investigator from the rough end of Rome, is back from a difficult mission in North Africa. As a result of his hard work, Emperor Vespasian awards Falco with the title of Procurator of Poultry for the Senate & People of Rome, or keeper of the city's sacred geese. Not much of a salary, of course, but the title does give him a better standing with his in-laws. Now, all Falco wants is to spend time relaxing at home with his family. But there is no rest for Falco as he finds himself drawn into the world of the Roman religious cults...& the murder of a member of the Sacred Brotherhoods. And then there's the disappearance of the most likely new candidate for the Order of Vestal Virgins. Falco soon uncovers a sinister cover-up & is too deeply involved to back away from the truth.

Baker
& Taylor

First-century Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco is drawn into the secretive and sometimes bloody world of the Rome's religious cults when a female member of one of these groups is found murdered. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780892967162
0892967161
Characteristics: 356 p. : maps ; 24 cm

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