Synopses & Reviews
The bestselling barrister is backand ready to take on his most timely case yet
When Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow MurdersJohn Mortimers first Rumpole novel everdebuted 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 doctors 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 HildaShe Who Must Be Obeyedsits down to write her own memoirs describing her view of Rumpole and her own love life. Rumpoles battle on the home front threatens to derail his case but where theres a Rumpole, theres a way!
"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.)
"Mortimer delivers another first class mystery. (A)"
"As ever, Mortimer proves himself master of the bon mot, cutting aside, and glorious run-on sentence. . . . Another delightfully entertaining and thought-provoking novel."
-The Boston Globe
A follow-up to Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders finds the curmudgeonly barrister struggling to defend a Pakistani doctor who has been falsely accused of aiding al Qaeda, an effort that is complicated by Rumpole's exacting wife's decision to record her life story. 60,000 first printing.
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.
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.
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.
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.