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The Accusers (The Falco series) [Hardcover]

Lindsey Davis
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April 2004

'Luckily the judge was eager to adjourn for lunch.'

Having returned from his trip to Londinium, Falco takes up employment with two lawyers at the top of their trade. For the trial of a senator, they need Falco to make an affidavit confirming repayment of a loan. Having been out of the country and starved of Forum gossip for some time, Falco has little interest in this trial, so he makes his deposition and then leaves.

The prosecution are successful and a large financial judgment is made, but one month later the senator is dead, apparently by suicide. The heirs are now in a situation of not having to pay up, and the prosecutor suddenly decides to seek out Falco. With a little coercion, Falco joins the prosecution in seeking to persuade a magistrate to instigate a new trial. Blinded by the vision of rich pickings to be gained by the prosecution, Falco temporarily forgets that, if they fail, the financial penalties levelled against the informers who brought the case are potentially enormous.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892968117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892968114
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,709,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lindsey Davis has written nineteen novels, beginning with The Course of Honour, the love story of the Emperor Vespasian and Antonia Caenis. Her bestselling mystery series features laid-back First Century detective Marcus Didius Falco and his partner Helena Justina, plus friends, relations, pets and bitter enemy the Chief Spy. Her books are translated into many languages and serialised on BBC Radio 4. Past Chair of the Crimewriters' Association and a Vice President of the Classical Association, she has won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Dagger in the Library, and a Sherlock award for Falco as Best Comic Detective. She was born in Birmingham but now lives in London.

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Lindsey Davis's Falco thrillers normally focus on how like us the Romans were; The Accusers concentrates on an important difference. Prosecutors were rewarded with a portion of the guilty's goods, or fined to compensate the innocent. When a senator, found guilty in a corruption trial, apparently kills himself, Falco is hired to prove he was murdered because suicide nullifies the prosecution's financial claims. Only the question is: which of the late Metellus' heirs poisoned him, since almost all of them had more than one motive? Falco finds himself and his wife Helena caught up once again in the dark side of Roman high society and all the interesting ways in which it is contiguous with the busy life of sordid streets.

Davis's books are always at their best when Falco, as our viewpoint, is finding out something he does not know about how things work; this is a good detective story partly because of the exposition of the Roman legal system and not in spite of it. It also helps that it is one of the Davis novels in which Falco over-reaches and finds himself distinctly out of his depth; he is one of the most attractive of historical detectives because he is not infallible. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


"Queen of the humorous crime romp is Lindsey Davis." (Guardian)

"A pure delight, with Davis's unique blend of wit and humour brilliantly immersing us in the marvels of ancient Roman life." (Good Book Guide)

"Cheerful and informal cynicism in a solemnly detailed classical setting." (TLS) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Addition To The Falco Series 16 July 2003
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Yes, I admit that I am a great fan of the Falco series. This is yet another addition that I highly recommend to anyone who has read, or is new to, the series.
I must be right as everyone I recommend these to borrows my copies and take ages to give them back.
Here we find Falco back from his hols in Londinium and looking to re-establish the presence of Falco & Associates to a rather indifferent Roman citizenry.
We have had Roman builders; actors; gladiators; provincial governors; bankers and antique dealers. Now we have the Roman legal system.
The good thing about these books is that you not only get a cracking good detective story but also a beginner's guide to various aspects of Roman life. So you learn as you enjoy. A great reason to read full stop.
Here we find that Roman "lawyers" made their reputation by accusing members of the middle and upper classes of various acts of corruption and malefluence. If you win you not only do your reputation good but also earn some money in the process as you share in their estate if they lose.
There was a downside. Lose and you lose money in damages. Therefore you need to keep playing the field and get it right more often than not. Did people abuse this process.... of course, that's what these things are there for.
What starts out as an easy job for Falco & Associates in statement taking leads to a series of trials that arise from the result of the initial trial. There are family secrets that need to be discovered and court cases to win. Can Falco actually beat the system again? Are the lawyers as honest as we would hope?
One thing we do learn is that if you lose a case then you can escape paying the penalty the easy way..... just commit suicide. Your family get to keep the money and your accusers lose out. A win win situation... apart from your death of course.
Read it and find out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Falco, the Legal Eagle 4 Oct 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the fifteenth novel in the mystery series featuring Marcus Didius Falco, an informer and sleuth in Rome at the time of Vespasian. A series of books that have become hugely popular, so much so that the author is now at the forefront of historical mystery writers. It was probably a stroke of genius on her part to have novels that are extremely well researched and contain all the elements that would be and should be found in the Roman world of circa AD70, but to have a lead character who has the vocabulary of a present day New York cop.

After spending more time than he intended to in Britain (The Jupiter Myth) Falco is back in his beloved Rome. In theory he is still an informer for the Emperor although the less he sees of the Imperial family, the better he will like it. He becomes embroiled in a dispute between two high successful members of the legal profession and of course the dispsute ends up in a death.

Hired to prove that the senator's death was not suicide, Falco find himself following a trail of scanal, blackmail and corruption, the like of which even he has rarely seen. Has he bitten off more than he can chew this time. After all he is playing with the big boys now . . .
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Falco treat 17 Jun 2003
Lovers of Falco will not need to be told that a treat awaits them in Lindsey Davis' latest novel. As for the rest of you - where have you been until now? A new Falco novel now seems to be an established early summer celebration and this year's offering is no exception. He's back from Britain, he's back in Rome and very soon he's back in trouble. The book is a cracking good read that stands alone even if you've never heard of Falco before. For those of us whove learned the secret, we get to catch up on characters old and new, to fight our way through clever red herrings and eventually to discover the truth several sentences before the final denoument! However, if it is your first encounter with Ms Davis' wonderful detective, I envy you most because you've got another 14 treats to occupy the rest of the year until the next new offering!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The waiting game 23 April 2004
It would be a pleasure to write a review of this book if only it wouldarrive. Amazon is a great site but in this case it is has shown itslimitations. The delivery date has been continually updated and the book -a birthday present - ordered in January, has still not been dispatched.What is even more frustrating is that I can't find any way of contactingAmazon directly to find what is going on, or in this case wrong. This iswhy I am writing my complaint in the review space. Even if it is notnoticed by Amazon at least other prospective buyers can be warned
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen of the humorous crime romp. 13 Dec 2013
By Trajan
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Another witty humorous romp with our Roman sleuth Falco. Number XV in the series and still holding her own. Lindsey Davis pens a great narrative with all of the latter combined with a thorough understanding and solid research of ancient Roman every day to day life. Highly recommended.
The perfect companion to this excellent series is the ROMA VICTRIX wine beaker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy read 9 Oct 2013
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holiday kindle read good value when bought electronically and can be bought from overseas, the med was a good place to read this roman book
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5.0 out of 5 stars another adventure for Falco 16 July 2013
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I hadn't read a Falco book for some time as I got a bit fed up with his 'poor me' attitude. . This book got me back into the series...a good yarn
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4.0 out of 5 stars A totally different style for Falco.
A really good Falco story with a different take and style. Courtroom drama. I could not work out the ending.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs Patricia Twigg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Top-notch Legal Falco mystery!
This exciting novel is the 15th volume of the wonderful Marcus Didius Falco series.
Falco has returned to Rome itself by now and on this familiar ground of his he will face... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anastatius
5.0 out of 5 stars The Law is a profane goose.
Falcon just gets better and better.
In this book Falcon gets to show the legal profession his eloquence, intelligence and integrity... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Lindsey Davis brings the Roman world to life with her Falco series. This is a very well researched and well written book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John P
4.0 out of 5 stars The Accusers
Not as good a Falco as I've read. It's basically a Roman courtroom drama a la Perry Mason (if you're old enough to remember him). Read more
Published 17 months ago by Grampa
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Out of Court
Falco is not at his best in a Court situation. Start traveling again Falco, and get some humour back into your life. Certainly not your best Lindsey. Read more
Published 19 months ago by tr2rosie
2.0 out of 5 stars overuse of knowledge of Roman life, especially the legal system -...
I have enjoyed several Falco novels in the past, and appreciated the insights into what life may have been like - but this book gets bogged down in its own research - some people... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Chris Butter
5.0 out of 5 stars Falco 15: "I Claudius" meets "Rumpole of the Bailey"
This is number fifteen in a series of excellent detective stories set in Vespasian's Roman Empire and featuring the informer Marcus Didius Falco. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2009 by Marshall Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
This is the fifteenth novel in the mystery series featuring Marcus Didius Falco, an informer and sleuth in Rome at the time of Vespasian. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2007 by J. Chippindale
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
This is the fifteenth novel in the mystery series featuring Marcus Didius Falco, an informer and sleuth in Rome at the time of Vespasian. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2007 by J. Chippindale
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