The Silver Pigs

The Silver Pigs  - Lindsey Davis Rome in 70AD, and Marcus Didius Falco, informer/private eye finds himself caught up in an investigation that reaches to some of the highest people in the empire.

Told in a slightly tongue in cheek manner, this tries to be a Chandler-esque PI story set in the days of Romes ever expanding empire. For the most part it succeeds. The main character is suitably hang-dog in outlook; there's a good selection of high and low-lifes who'd prefer him not to be in their way, and naturally there are femmes fatales to move the plot along.

It was an enjoyable read, with good characters and a plot that kept the story moving along. You get some of Falco's back story to explain how he got where he is now.