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The Accusers by Lindsey Davis
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May 21, 10

Read from May 15 to 21, 2010

Fifteenth in the series. Back in Rome after two books set in first century Britain, Falco takes on a lawsuit over an alleged senatorial suicide to avoid debts. The focal point of this novel becomes a view into the life and practices of lawyers in ancient Rome, as Falco’s investigation leads him and his associates (wife Helena and her two brothers) deeper and deeper into labyrinths of corruption and conspiracy and he becomes increasingly involved in a court case. One quickly ascertains that rhetorical standards were high in this legal system, but scruples were rare The story is slow getting started, plodding along for the first half of the book in a fashion and tone so unlike what the author is capable of I almost wondered if this was churned out quickly to pay some bills. With a plentitude of minor characters and healthy servings of red herrings, the novel does pick up some as the trial begins, but this is not one of the better books in the series. Not recommended for any readers who have had legal problems recently or a bad experience with a lawyer—this will just open old wounds and increase your irritation.
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