Fans of the prolific John Mortimer will be delighted with the
latest anecdotes of defence barrister Horace Rumpole. In this
collection of seven cases the outcome is always a moral triumph for
Rumpole if not necessarily a liberating success for his clients.
Asylum seekers, streetwise members of the clergy, drugs, the misuse
of emails, out-of-work actors seeking fame through the dock, and
the use of arms to defend an Englishman's home: all of these
aspects of modern life which no longer surprise the British public
are given the magical Mortimer perspective, as Rumpole unerringly
aims straight at the heart of the matter. Chambers politics are
still an entertaining irritation for Rumpole, who is now obliged to
smoke alfresco, and seeks victory over head of chambers soapy Sam
Ballard by cunning and devious means. Colleague Mizz Liz Probert is
no ally and She Who Must Be Obeyed seeks to shatter the peace and
tranquility of the familiar if somewhat shabby home front by
welcoming a makeover team and TV crew to install relationship
zones, talk pits and lava lamps. Food for thought and wry smiles
are guaranteed throughout this clever and witty book. As always,
you finish each case ready and willing for the next outing with
Rumpole. (Kirkus UK)
When your life at the Bar has been as rich as Rumpole’s, the past is best avoided – who knows what might have happened to ex-defendants? Still, it keeps intruding on the present. When Rumpole takes a break in the country, he’s sure he’s met the local squire before. And that pantomime dame at the Tufnell Park Empire seems familiar …
Of course, some things – Pommeroy’s Wine Bar, She Who Must Be Obeyed – never changed anyway. But now for the first time Rumpole appears for an asylum seeker at the Appeals Tribunal, and – horror of horrors – his chambers have become a smoke-free zone. Could it all be too much for Rumpole? Might he have to hang up his wig for good?
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