Rumpole and the Reign of Terror Author:John Mortimer John Mortimerís 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 impri... more »soned 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.« less
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Rumpole has to be the jurist doppelganger of Chandler's Philip Marlowe. Both deal with oddball crimes and defending underdogs: all with a tad of sarcastic wit (a la Evelyn Waugh) targeting the powers in place. Right up my alley! Rumpole, the taxi awaiting hire as he refers to himself, has to defend an alleged terrorist. Supposedly he has shot and pushed an obscure banker in front of a train. Wait! I've read this before. But where? Aunt Agatha, Dottie Sayers? Anyway, after the crime itself, this novel takes a turn that resembles nothing else that I have read. Further, this is one of those cases that Rumpole neither wins nor loses.