Davis, Lindsey Two for the Lions (a Marcus Didius Falco mystery)
New York Mysterious Press 1998 0892966939 / 9780892966936 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket
DJ has very slight wear at spine ends. A bright, attractive copy.
"Nothing's certain except death and taxes. Catching tax evaders for the Emperor Vespasian looks like a plum position for Marcus Didius Falco, who has teamed up with his old boss, Anacrites, the crotchety chief spy of Rome. Soon, however, Falco is bogged down in bureaucracy, stuck at his stylus, and longing for a good murder to investigate. He gets one when someone kills Leonidas, the Empire's official executioner. Feared by plebeians and citizens alike, Leonidas administered justice with a swift, sure blow. Then he ate the offender. Now this king of beasts lies stabbed to death in his cage. Sniffing around after clues, Falco is soon led into the rowdy, decadent world of gladiators and bestiarii, fighters who specialize in contests against animals."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall