If Shakespeare hadn't said "Kill all the Lawyers," informerdetective Marcus Didius Falco would have. He's caught between a pair of battling attorneys, and is hired by one of them to investigate what appears to be a clear-cut case of suicide. A minor senator recently convicted of corruption dies, but his death frees his family from paying the substantial fines.

Falco infiltrates the houses of the senator's heirs and finds himself trapped in the complex world of the Roman aristocracy, caught in a legal battle that defies any case he has ever worked. Falco discovers the rich are no different from the rest of us; they just have more power and enemies.

Imagine what would happen if Law & Order merged with a toga party in Animal House and you have Davis' latest. His skill comes from a unique ability to merge history, mystery and humor. He keeps you guessing, while you're laughing at the sharp dialogue in this entertaining detective story. (Apr., 367 pp., $25.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin