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.
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by John Mortimer
"Grouchy London barrister Horace Rumpole is defending a Pakistani doctor imprisoned on vague terrorism charges. Rumpole despairs that the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights are no longer respected post-9/11. Worse, wife Hilda, aka "She Who Must Be Obeyed," is writing her memoirs about life with Rumpole and her dalliances with a judge. But this is Rumpole -- there will always be an inventive, amusing way out of what ails him. Bill Wallis voices Rumpole with a marvelous cantankerousness; Hilda is younger and milder than Rumpole would lead us to expect. Wallis truly understands the lightness of tone needed to raise a witty novel to a level of high entertainment. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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