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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (406 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Mortimer Narrator: Bill Wallis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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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 the beautiful Tiffany Timson's husband 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 for the Pakistani doctor. 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 box room, 'minding her own business', Rumpole finds himself losing the plot, clueless about the goings on, even in his own mansion flat. Is the Anglophile doctor really an Al Qaeda agent? Will Rumpole discover Hilda's secret before it's too late? Will the Timson family ever forgive him for defending a 'terrorist'?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suburbangardener | 2/17/2014

    " John Mortimer, through his mouthpiece of Rumpole, takes on the anti-terrorist hysteria affecting our society. All done in a humorous way, of course, but he is on target about the infringements on our freedoms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derrick | 1/23/2014

    " There are few things more enjoyable to me than a good Rumpole. This was a good Rumpole. Thus, I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/22/2014

    " I've been a huge fan of the Rumpole books and TV series for a very long time and this one did not disappoint. Rumpole tackles contemporary issues and his search for justice in his trademark understated fashion. Wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 1/20/2014

    " I have always liked the Rumpole short stories, but I find that he wears a little thin in the novel format. Still, a good story, reasonable plotted, and with all the usual Rumpole supporting characters, including She Who Must be Obeyed, the incredible Timson clan, and a variety of other members of the bar. Enjoyable, but not one of Mortimers best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pondering Pig Newton | 1/15/2014

    " A delicious evening's entertainment. Mortimer is a master at what he does. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 12/18/2013

    " Because, inevitably, one of the Timsons has run afoul of the War on Terror. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 10/20/2013

    " Rumple is always good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Jean | 10/4/2013

    " Vintage Rumpole! Up-to-the minute story. Rumpole will go on forever, I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 PastAllReason | 9/29/2013

    " I've been a fan of Rumpole for, well, decades. This is not Rumpole at his peak, but still worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vincent S | 5/18/2013

    " Moritmer tends to forget some of his continuity in favor of old, comfortable concepts and prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Crompton | 3/1/2013

    " There's a certain amount of formula involved with the Rumpole stories and novels, but this is a good one - well-plotted and with enough unusual twists to be interesting to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Consuela | 10/14/2012

    " I have to say this wasn't as good as the vintage Rumpole books -- which I ADORE. But it was nice to get possibly one last taste of Rumpole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cate | 9/9/2012

    " I'm not sure why but I wasn't as pleased with this set of stories that pervious ones. Rumpole was his same feisty and sonnet spouting self, and perhaps even more of an advocate of Magna Carte and the British Judicial System, but it just wasn't quite... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 8/12/2012

    " Its a good starting point to jump into Rumpole books. Its a good laugh and good look in the world of English lawyers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 6/29/2012

    " Surprisingly interesting considering I seem to know very little about the British court system. Rumpole is a very interesting fellow but my favorite character is She Who Must Be Obeyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/27/2012

    " I read a much earlier edition of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lianne | 12/4/2011

    " The last Rumpole mystery by John Mortimer before his death. Rumpole defends a Pakistani terrorist. Rumpole doesn't disappoint. One of my favorite mystery series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 8/26/2011

    " I never get tired of the Old Bailey hack. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 5/7/2011

    " Lots of humor and I love John Mortimer's writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 2/9/2011

    " British lawyer defends a Pakistani doctor accused of supporting terrorism. It was entertaining in a British Perry Mason way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesa | 11/22/2010

    " I never get tired of the Old Bailey hack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 2/5/2010

    " Another delightful visit with Rumpole, barrister of the Old Bailey, and Hilda, She Who Must Be Obeyed, in post 9/11 London. Always fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 9/2/2009

    " Its a good starting point to jump into Rumpole books. Its a good laugh and good look in the world of English lawyers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lianne | 3/24/2009

    " The last Rumpole mystery by John Mortimer before his death. Rumpole defends a Pakistani terrorist. Rumpole doesn't disappoint. One of my favorite mystery series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suburbangardener | 1/16/2009

    " John Mortimer, through his mouthpiece of Rumpole, takes on the anti-terrorist hysteria affecting our society. All done in a humorous way, of course, but he is on target about the infringements on our freedoms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 9/26/2008

    " I read a much earlier edition of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 4/25/2008

    " British lawyer defends a Pakistani doctor accused of supporting terrorism. It was entertaining in a British Perry Mason way. "

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About the Author
Author John Mortimer

John Mortimer (1923–2009) was a playwright, novelist, and barrister. He wrote many radio, film, and television scripts, including the British television series Rumpole of the Bailey, and won the British Academy Writer of the Year Award in 1979. He retired from the bar in 1984 and was knighted in 1998.

About the Narrator

Bill Wallis has performed in over two hundred radio series and plays, while among his numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company are The Alchemist, The Master Builder, and Twelfth Night. He is also a prolific film and television actor, having made numerous appearances in such productions as Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Midsomer Murders, Bad Girls, Doctors, Poirot, and as Dr. Nick MacKenzie in Dangerfield.