Two for the Lions Book Summary and Study Guide

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   Marcus Didius Falco is ancient Rome's answer to Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Mike
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Hammer--all in one! In “Two for the Lions,” it appears that Falco is likely to be this
week's “menu du jour” as “our man in Roma” finds himself “embroiled” in another of his
exciting adventures. Lindsey Davis once again provides us with an entertaining historical
whodunnit and her latest maintains her reputation! Falco has been appointed tax
investigator by the Emperor Vaspacian, who suspects that the local professional gladiator
league isn't “rendering unto Caesar” honestly. Again, Falco's lovely friend Helena joins
him (his Nick to her Nora!), and off they go to Tripoli, to investigate from that end. Along
the way, of course, they discover that, once again, Helena's youngest brother (will he ever
grow up?) is caught in the middle and is in deep trouble. As Falco knows, the lions he's
more worried about are the two-legged kind! But Falco is not about to roll over and play
dead! Davis' latest is a real “thumbs up” and “Two for the Lions” is worthy Sunday
afternoon's entertainment!
The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   ancient rome Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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