Rumpole and the Reign of Terror

Rumpole and the Reign of Terror

Book - 2006
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Penguin Putnam
The bestselling barrister is back?and ready to take on his most timely case yet

When Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders?John Mortimer?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 doctor?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. Rumpole?s battle on the home front threatens to derail his case but where there?s a Rumpole, there?s a way!

Baker & Taylor
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.

Blackwell North Amer
In the dark days of the war on terror, only one man can be counted on to fight injustice, defend the innocent, and insist on a fair and decent trial for all, contrary to New Labour's new anti-terrorism laws.
Rumpole's wig may be yellowing at the roots, his gown might be in tatters, but the oldest inhabitant of 4 Equity Court has no use for the word 'retirement'. There's the larcenous Timson family to defend, suicide bombers to dodge, Pommeroy's Wine Bar to frequent and the financing of the Rumpole household - with Hilda's indulgence in luxury cleaning products - to look after.
But when Dr. Khan, husband of the beautiful Tiffany Timson, is arrested on suspicion of terrorism, Rumpole prepares to drop everything and take on his biggest challenge yet. Horrified to learn that the accused doesn't even know what he's charged with, he determines to insist upon a fair trial. But battling against the new legislation, and the slippery Home Secretary, proves a tricky task. And when She Who Must Be Obeyed starts locking herself in the boxroom, 'minding her own business', Rumpole finds himself losing the plot, clueless about the goings-on even in his own mansion flat.

& Taylor

Curmudgeonly barrister Horace Rumpole struggles 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.

Publisher: New York : Viking, c2006
ISBN: 9780670038046
Characteristics: 183 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 17, 2010

I love Rumpole. But I think Mortimer is better at short stories. This is a form that I don't particularly like. But, again, it's the perfect vehicle for Rumpole and his quick wit. Otherwise, this book is alright, if a tad dry because of the dealing with the terrorist "plot".


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