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The Accusers by Lindsey Davis
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The Accusers (2003)

by Lindsey Davis

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Series: Marcus Didius Falco (15)

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Marcus Didius Falco is the Ancient Roman version of a private investigator; and in this novel, returns from assignments abroad in Britain to re-build his practice. This involves some legal scut work; but leads to a case in which a suicide is called into question, and at which estates and considerable compensation are at stake. Lindsey Davies' novels are well researched, focus on Vespasian's reign (AD 70s); and usually have a bit of humor in them. This time though, her usual style seems to be a little lacking, reducing this to a more straightforward what happened/whodunnit. ( )
  Tanya-dogearedcopy | Nov 21, 2016 |
Another in the Falco series, but a more complex plot than usual.
Read Aug 2005 ( )
  mbmackay | Dec 5, 2015 |
Marcus Didius Falco finds himself both investigating and handling the prosecution of a client involved with a family murder. Lindsay Davis delivers another complicated detective story steeped in the lore of life in ancient Rome. Not life among the nobles, but life at the grassroots as seen through the eyes of private informer Falco. Falco observes what's going on around him and passes it along with great humor. It's always a fascinating ride. Here the reader gets a look at the Roman system of law in which two well-to-do informers specialize in accusing others of wrong-doing leading to a reward upon conviction. Great stuff. Read it. ( )
  NickHowes | Nov 12, 2015 |
A little drier than Falco's usual adventures, this was nonetheless well done as it focused on the machinations of the Roman legal system pertaining to crime and inheritance law. Falco has matured and he and Helena seem to have settled into their life as parents. Absent is the previous history of excessive snarkiness from his family and the barbs previously directed at each other. Helena has embraced her role as detective's wife and plunges in to help. Falco's clients are, as usual, not very pleasant or trustworthy people, nor are the lawyers, clerks, vigiles and informers who are his routine contacts. There are multiple people accused of murdering a high ranking man who was previously found guilty of fraud, or was it suicide. Hmmmm. Marcus manages to get thumped about by the usual uglies, but payback in true Subura style is always pleasing to our Marcus Didius Falco. In the mix there's complications based on class, marriage and divorce law, inheritance, illegitimacy and the balance of the scale of justice depending on who you know or who you can bribe. Alas, our hero will have to surrender his position as keeper of the sacred geese. This is a very good addition to the series. ( )
  varielle | Apr 15, 2015 |
review to follow (October) ( )
  Jemima_Pett | Nov 11, 2014 |
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For the Gang: Hannah, Lesley, Mary, Pamela, Pauline, Susan, and Sybil
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I had been an informer for over a decade when I finally learned what the job entailed.
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When I hear the words "social order," I start looking around for somebody to pick a fight with.
To be born with nothing was grim. But to be born with everything, then to lose it, was far more cruel.
[O]n the battlefield a defeated general falls on his sword, usually needing help from a weeping subordinate because finding the space between two ribs and then summoning the strength to pull in a weapon upward is damned difficult to fix for yourself. Nero cut his throat with a razor, but he was supposedly hiding in a garden trench at the time, where there may have been no elegant options; to be skewered on a dibber would have lacked the artistry he coveted. The traditional method in private life is to enter a warm bath and open your veins. This death is contained, relaxing, and reckoned to be more or less painless. (Mind you, it presupposes you live in a grand home with a bath.)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446693294, Paperback)

- The Accusers was published in Mysterious Press hardcover (0-89296-811-7) in 4/04. This trade paperback edition will tie into Davis's new hardcover, Scandal Takes a Holiday, due from Mysterious press in 9/04
- Lindsey Davis's prior novel, The Jupiter Myth, appeared on London's Sunday Times bestseller list. It was published by Mysterious Press in hardcover in 9/03 and in trade paperback in 5/04.
- The creators of PBS's Inspector Morse television series are producing a series about Marcus Didius Falco, with scripts currently in development.
- First Lady Laura Bush is a big fan of Davis's international bestselling novels, and the author received the Crime Writers Association's Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award in 199. Davis will be a guest of honor at Bouchercon 2004 in Toronto.

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Roman sleuth Marcus Didius Falco becomes caught up in the trial of a senator, a case that becomes complicated by the senator's convenient "suicide" and draws Falco into a confrontation with powerful forces in the Roman legal system.

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