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A Point of Law

(2006)
(The tenth book in the SPQR series)
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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.

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Hardback Editions

May 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Point of Law (SPQR X)
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 0-312-33725-6 / 978-0-312-33725-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: S.P.Q.R. X: A Point of Law (The SPQR Roman Mysteries)
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 0-312-33726-4 / 978-0-312-33726-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: A Point of Law (SPQR)
Author(s): John Roberts
ISBN: 1-978604-87-4 / 978-1-978604-87-2
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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May 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: SPQR X
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 1-5226-0227-5 / 978-1-5226-0227-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: SPQR X: A Point of Law
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: SPQR X: A Point of Law
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: SPQR X: A Point of Law
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

April 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: SPQR X: A Point of Law: A Mystery (The SPQR Roman Mysteries Book 10)
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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