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The bestselling barrister is back¬—and ready to take on his most timely case yet

When Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders¬—John Mortime‛s first Rumpole novel ever¬—debuted last year, devoted fans came to it in droves. Now, just in time for Christmas, Mortimer returns with another Rumpole novel to tackle a truly relevant topic with his signature wit and style.

While defending a mind-numbingly dull theft charge, Rumpole finds that the new terrorist laws have hamstrung his beloved courts. Meanwhile, a Pakistani doctor has been imprisoned without charge or trial under suspicion of aiding al Qaeda in its plans for a terrorist attack. With the docto‛s wife begging him to help her husband, the Great Defender is determined to bring the case before a jury.

Trouble is also brewing at home as Hilda¬—She Who Must Be Obeyed¬—sits down to write her own memoirs describing her view of Rumpole and her own love life. Rumpol‛s battle on the home front threatens to derail his case but where ther‛s a Rumpole, ther‛s a way!

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"Mortimer's curmudgeonly barrister, Horace Rumpole, defends a Pakistani doctor accused of aiding al-Qaeda in an up-to-date tale that pits Rumpole against those who use the terrorist threat as an excuse to subvert the British legal system. When Mahmood Khan, who loves the queen, roast beef and cricket as much as any respectable Englishman, is imprisoned on vague charges, Rumpole must use all his wiles — including blackmailing the odious home secretary — to ensure a fair trial. Meanwhile, wife Hilda (aka 'She Who Must Be Obeyed'), as revealed in extracts from the memoirs she's secretly writing, has been flirting with Judge Leonard 'Mad Bull' Bullingham, her husband's courtroom nemesis, who winds up presiding in the case against Dr. Khan. If luck as much as clever sleuthing figures into Rumpole's ultimate triumph, this daringly topical entry in Mortimer's cherished series shows that the 83-year-old author remains as skilled as ever at delivering an entertaining mystery." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"My editor, a good and wise man, suggested that for Christmas Day we might seek kinder, gentler fare than the serial killers, ax murderers and insane cannibals who often populate these reviews. He even proposed a book: the latest of John Mortimer's popular series on Rumpole of the Bailey, the English barrister whose tales are more likely to offer whimsy and gentle satire than scenes of horror. The... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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A Pakistani doctor has been imprisoned without charge or trial under suspicion of aiding al Qaeda in its plans for a terrorist attack. With the doctor's wife begging Rumpole to help her husband, the Great Defender is determined to bring the case before a jury.

Synopsis:

John Mortimer's bestselling barrister is back, in his most timely case yet

Just in case Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders gave fans the impression that the Great Defender was resting on his laurels, his new case sends him at full sail into our panicky new world. Rumpole is asked to defend a Pakistani doctor who has been imprisoned without charge or trial on suspicion of aiding Al Qaeda. Meanwhile, on the home front, She Who Must Be Obeyed is threatening to share her intimate view of her husband in a tell-all memoir. The result is Rumpole at his most ironic and indomitable, and John Mortimer at his most entertaining.

Synopsis:

Mortimer's curmudgeonly barrister, Horace Rumpole, defends a Pakistani doctor accused of aiding al-Qaeda in an up-to-date tale that pits Rumpole against those who use the terrorist threat as an excuse to subvert the British legal system.

About the Author

John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister who has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio, and television plays, the Rumpole plays, for which he received the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. He is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography.

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Reina, February 2, 2007 (view all comments by Reina)
John Mortimer's Rumpole never fails to amuse and entertain! This latest book continues the tradition as Rumpole uses his wit, wiles, and trademark defense of the principles of English justice to free a man wrongly accused of terrorism. Knowing this is happening today only sharpens the satire always found in Rumpole books. A funny, smart, quick read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670038046
Author:
Mortimer, John
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Rumpole, horace (fictitious character)
Subject:
Attorney and client
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Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Rumpole Novels
Publication Date:
20061116
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.50x5.80x.73 in. .69 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mortimer's curmudgeonly barrister, Horace Rumpole, defends a Pakistani doctor accused of aiding al-Qaeda in an up-to-date tale that pits Rumpole against those who use the terrorist threat as an excuse to subvert the British legal system. When Mahmood Khan, who loves the queen, roast beef and cricket as much as any respectable Englishman, is imprisoned on vague charges, Rumpole must use all his wiles — including blackmailing the odious home secretary — to ensure a fair trial. Meanwhile, wife Hilda (aka 'She Who Must Be Obeyed'), as revealed in extracts from the memoirs she's secretly writing, has been flirting with Judge Leonard 'Mad Bull' Bullingham, her husband's courtroom nemesis, who winds up presiding in the case against Dr. Khan. If luck as much as clever sleuthing figures into Rumpole's ultimate triumph, this daringly topical entry in Mortimer's cherished series shows that the 83-year-old author remains as skilled as ever at delivering an entertaining mystery." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A Pakistani doctor has been imprisoned without charge or trial under suspicion of aiding al Qaeda in its plans for a terrorist attack. With the doctor's wife begging Rumpole to help her husband, the Great Defender is determined to bring the case before a jury.
"Synopsis" by ,
John Mortimer's bestselling barrister is back, in his most timely case yet

Just in case Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders gave fans the impression that the Great Defender was resting on his laurels, his new case sends him at full sail into our panicky new world. Rumpole is asked to defend a Pakistani doctor who has been imprisoned without charge or trial on suspicion of aiding Al Qaeda. Meanwhile, on the home front, She Who Must Be Obeyed is threatening to share her intimate view of her husband in a tell-all memoir. The result is Rumpole at his most ironic and indomitable, and John Mortimer at his most entertaining.

"Synopsis" by , Mortimer's curmudgeonly barrister, Horace Rumpole, defends a Pakistani doctor accused of aiding al-Qaeda in an up-to-date tale that pits Rumpole against those who use the terrorist threat as an excuse to subvert the British legal system.

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