Quite Honestly Author:John Mortimer The creator of Rumpole of the Bailey returns to the novel with a comic tale of middle-class do-gooding gone awry — Thousands of readers have discovered the inimitable voice of John Mortimer through his Rumpole series of stories. But with Quite Honestly, Mortimer creates a cast of characters that rivals his usual Rumpole repertoir... more »e, delivering a wonderfully comic novel, packed with entertaining reflections on a life in crime. Life couldnt be better for Lucinda Purefoy. Shes got a steady boyfriend, a degree in social sciences from Manchester University, and the offer of a high-powered job in advertising. With all this good fortune, isnt it appropriate for her to give something back to society? With her newly minted membership in Social Carers, Reformers, and Praeceptors (SCRAP for short), an organization that recruits women to become the guides, philosophers, and friends to ex-convicts coming out of prison, Lucy finds herself standing outside the gates of Wormwood Scrubs waiting to greet a career burglar called Terry Keegan. What happens nextafter a short and hostile trip to Burger Kingconfounds expectations and produces a signature Mortimer tale full of wit and surprise.« less
Following college, bored with middle class life, the heroine takes up the cause of rehabilitating criminals. she gets so good at emphasizing their situation that she begins to assimilate it. Oh, there is a weird love angle mixed in, as well as an O. Henry twist. No deep reading here, merely a pleasurable read in the vein of Wodehouse.