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A Point of Law

by John Maddox Roberts

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Decius is back in Rome, and back in gear -- and this time, he has to use all his talents to save himself. He has been accused of corruption, a potentially ruinous charge, and the man who accused him has turned up dead. Set in the form of a courtroom drama, this is one of the best in the series, thick with detail on Roman life and on the Roman great in the last days of the Republic. ( )
  annbury | Sep 17, 2010 |
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Rotstein, David BaldeosinghCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Our own Prometheus: fighter, survivor, and a great brother-in-law
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Rome at election time!
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"These were the events of five days in the year 703 of the City of Rome, the consulships of Servius Sulpicius Rufus and Marcus Claudius Marcellus." [51 BC/BCE]
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Decius Caecilius Metellus is moving up in the world. He's won some money and glory fighting pirates in the Mediterranean and expects a speedy election to the office of praetor.
That all changes when a man he's never seen before publicly accuses him of corruption. Decius and his powerful family of Rome's leading politicians scramble to prepare a defense. However, the day of the trial they are greeted with a strange surprise on the steps of the courthouse: the corpse of the man who made the accusation. Now Decius is up against a much more serious charge of murder. It may cost him his chance to run for office, but not if he can help it.
Roberts once again masterfully sets Decius and his adventures against the background of this famed and crumbling Republic, enriching his story with historical detail and the immortal personalities of the day.

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"That's Decius Caecilius Metellus speaking - Senator Decius Caecilius Metellus, please. He is at an outdoor rally in Rome where he is campaigning for election to the praetorship. It looks like a shoo-in, until a man named Fulvius, of whom Decius has never heard, arrives at the pre-election proceedings with a small army of hoodlums and begins to shout to the assembled voters that Decius is a thief and worse. While this is not an unknown effort used to ruin a candidate's chances, it is enough to have Decius's father call a meeting of family and friends - a meeting that ends with the participants going home determined to find some answers to stop Fulvius's efforts to ruin Decius's campaign." "Early the next morning, however, as Decius and his friends are on their way to the trial, Fulvius's body is found slashed to death on the steps of the basilica, where the court will be sitting. And that doesn't look good for our hero.". "For those readers who have met Decius before, the next step is clear: the man is a brilliant detective, and he is certainly now in a position where that skill is needed. So it's doubly important for Decius, with the help of his wife, Julia, and the ex-slave Hermes, to find the solution to the most personal - and possibly most difficult - puzzle that has come his way."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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