SPQR X: A Point of Law

The SPQR Roman Mysteries (Volume 10)

John Maddox Roberts

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Being under suspicion of murder did not hamper my freedom. This is because Romans are civilized people and don’t clap suspects into prison like barbarians do. It would take an order of a lawfully convened court even to place me under house arrest.

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 preelection 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 chances.
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.




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Chapter One 
Rome at election time! Can there be any prospect more pleasant? Is it possible for any place to be more wonderful? For any activity to be more agreeable? Certainly not for me, and not that year. I was just back from Cyprus after a successful, mildly glorious, and none-too-bloody campaign to suppress a recent outburst of piracy. I had found their base, destroyed their fleet, and, best of all, captured a good part of their loot. The captives I had returned to their homes and had restored a part of the loot to the people from whom it had been stolen.

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"The death throes of the Roman Republic are a worthy setting for a thriller, and Roberts displays his usual deftness in making the period come to life."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Layers of intrigue slowly unfold, along with a meticulously detailed glimpse of ancient Roman society ... A wry first-person narrative."--Kirkus Reviews

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John Maddox Roberts

John Maddox Roberts is the author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy, in addition to his historical SPQR mystery series. He and his wife live in New Mexico.

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SPQR X: A Point of Law
John Maddox Roberts

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429908399
ISBN10: 1429908394
272 pages
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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2007
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ISBN: 9780312337261
ISBN10: 0312337264
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