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Lindsay Davis "The Accusers"

Lindsay Davis "The Accusers"


Fresh from his trip to Britain, Falco needs to re-establish his presence in Rome. A minor role in the trial of a senator entangles him in the machinations of Silius Italicus and Paccius Africanus - two real-life lawyers at the top of their trade. These notorious ex-consuls play a dangerouse game, where success brings rich pickings but a mistrial or a wrong verdict entails huge penalties.

The senator is convicted but then dies, apparently by suicide. It may be a legal move to protect his heirs, but Silius hires Falco and his young associates to prove it was murder. Probing a tangle of upper-class secrets leads to new prosecutions - and these bring new risks. As Falco shows off his talents in the role of advocate, he exposes himself to powerful elements in Roman law: Offending the wrong people may lead to charges he has not bargained for, in a contest that threatens financial ruin for himself and his family...