Century reveals companion to Falco and readies Nemesis

<p>Century is bringing out a companion volume to Lindsey Davis&#39; Falco detective series set in ancient Rome to coincide with publication of the 20th book in the series this summer.<em> Falco: The Official Companion</em> (3rd June, h/b, &pound;20) has been compiled in response to requests from fans, the publisher said.</p><p>The series has built up a loyal reader base since the first novel about the Roman informer and private eye Marcus Didius Falco was published in 1989, with Falco voted &quot;second sexiest fictional character&quot; after Rhett Butler by a BBC Radio 4&#39;s &quot;Woman&#39;s Hour&quot; poll last year.</p><p>The companion book will reveal all the background to researching and writing the novels, plus details of the author&#39;s own life &quot;including her descent from a failed assassin and how atheism improved her knitting&quot;. It will also feature over 100 illustrations, and quotations from the Falco novels and other sources from<em> Juvenal</em> to <em>1066 And All That</em>.</p><p>Meanwhile the latest Falco novel, <em>Nemesis </em>(3rd June, h/b, &pound;18.99), set in 77AD, sees the Roman detective newly bereaved and beset by personal problems. But there is no rest from the skulduggery which besets his city, with a middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father disappearing in mysterious circumstances while a mutilated corpse turns up near Rome.</p><p>Davis will be doing an event on publication day at Blackheath Concert Halls in London SE3, where she will read from all 20 Falco novels.</p><p>Davis&#39; novels have sold 651,484 copies through the TCM since Nielsen BookScan records began in 1998, with a total value of &pound;4.7m.</p>