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Forever Rumpole : the best of the Rumpole stories
John Mortimer
Adult Fiction MORTIME

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From Publishers' Weekly:

At the start of "Rumpole and the Younger Generation," the first story in this posthumous "best of" collection, Mortimer's curmudgeonly, Wordsworth-quoting barrister, Horace Rumpole, mentions that he'll be "sixty-eight next birthday." The case at hand involves a younger member of South London's nonviolently criminal Timson clan, and a key point in the accused lad's trial hinges on the date of a Rolling Stones concert that year, 1965. In the penultimate, post-9/11 entry, "Rumpole and the Christmas Break," Rumpole defends a Pakistani student accused of murdering a history professor, Honoria Glossup (a name borrowed from Mortimer's literary mentor, P.G. Wodehouse), who wrote a book critical of "the cruelties committed by Islamic fundamentalists." In the decades in between, in a number of witty, ingeniously plotted adventures that often deal with issues of the day (the women's movement, animal rights, euthanasia), the ageless, principled barrister must contend with colleagues who scheme to bring about his retirement (when they aren't hoping for his demise); judges who blatantly favor the prosecution; and his disapproving wife, Hilda (aka "She Who Must Be Obeyed"). A glass or two of Chateau Thames Embankment at Pommeroy's Wine Bar offers consolation. Ann Mallalieu, a barrister who worked with the, alas, mortal Mortimer (1923-2009) and made the selections, provides an illuminating introduction. A fragment of an uncompleted novel rounds out a volume sure to be treasured by both old fans and new. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Horace Rumpole, the claret-quaffing barrister who never quite makes the grade but always makes a point, stars in a new collection of his most outrageous exploits. Created by British barrister Mortimer, Rumpole's courtroom antics and politically incorrect gaffes have made him a perennial favorite among mystery fans for decades. The book begins with an excellent and insightful introduction by barrister Ann Mallalieu who had the pleasure of assisting Mortimer on some of his cases. Collected here are 14 stories total; seven that were previously published in 1993 under the title The Best of Rumpole, and an additional seven from Mortimer's later works. There is also a sliver of a novel, Rumpole and the Brave New World, which Mortimer began shortly before his death in 2009. VERDICT Alas, Rumpole devotees will find nothing new. However, those uninitiated to the irascible barrister's charm and wit will have much to relish. The collection is an excellent primer to all things Rumpole: the Timson clan (his favorite thieving family), his penchant for Chateau Fleet Street, and the indomitable Hilda, long-suffering wife and appropriately titled "She Who Must Be Obeyed."-Amy Nolan, St. Joseph P.L., MI (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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