With Rumpole Rests His Case, legions of fans welcomed back the curmudgeonly London barrister they had savored for years. In Rumpole and the Primrose Path's six new stories, Horace Rumpole, despite a heart attack that left him at death's door in the previous volume, deftly parries everything from the admonitions of his wife, Hilda, to the vagaries of his legal colleagues and their new director of marketing, Luci-with her cell phone, corporate jargon, and glossy brochures, hired to give their chambers a new image.
The title story finds him in a very dubious convalescent home battling a thin-lipped head nurse and befriending a junior one, Dotty. Though the death of an elderly patient is shrouded in secrecy, it is not until Rumpole is back in chambers that he learns of police suspicions-and of the murder charge against which he must defend young Dotty. Presuming Rumpole is soon to expire, Luci has been planning his memorial service, but the witty and irreverent Rumpole, sharp as ever, is far from hanging up his wig!
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John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister who has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio, and television plays, the Rumpole plays, for which he received the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. He is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography.From AudioFile:
A shameful hoax is being perpetrated on the listening public! In this volume, the seedy, old (albeit brilliant) barrister of the title relates stories of six cases in the delightfully witty style for which he has become notorious. Inexplicably, the publishers allege that Bill Wallis narrates this volume, which they further claim was written by John Mortimer. By now, Rumpole's admirers are well aware that Mortimer is his nom de plume, and, upon hearing merely the first minute of this superb offering, will recognize at once the old boy's very own voice. No impersonator could counterfeit Rumpole's voice and personality so perfectly or hold forth so amusingly about his own adventures. We are not fooled, BBC Audiobooks! Do you think we Yanks were born yesterday? If you wish to hide poor Rumpole's raconteurish light under a bushel, you shall have to be more clever than this! Y.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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