John Mortimer The Trials of Rumpole

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The Trials of Rumpole

 
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[Read by Frederick Davidson]

Horace Rumpole--who never prosecutes, whose fame rests on an infinite knowledge of blood and typewriters, whose court scenes are proverbial, whose home is ruled by Mrs. Rumpole (''She Who Must Be Obeyed'')--is back on the defense, as irreverent, as iconoclastic, as claret-swilling, poetry-spouting, impudent, witty, and cynical as ever.

This time the judge-debunking barrister-at-law is embroiled with a minister accused of shoplifting, an actress accused of murder, and a racist candidate for Parliament, with art theft and mistaken identity thrown in for good measure. The result is a delightful excursion into hidden corners of the British judicial system served up in typically colorful Rumpole style.

Stories include:

- Rumpole and the Man of God
- Rumpole and the Showfolk
- Rumpole and the Fascist Beast
- Rumpole and the Case of Identity
- Rumpole and the Course of True Love
and
- Rumpole and the Age for Retirement.

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About the Author:

JOHN MORTIMER (1923-2009) was a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister. He wrote many film scripts, radio, and television plays, and his plays about Rumpole of the Bailey won him the British Academy Writer of the Year Award. He retired from the bar in 1984 and was knighted in 1998.

From AudioFile:

The second Rumpole collection, published in 1979, gives listeners a chance to catch up on the doings at 3 Equity Court. The Erskine-Browns are just beginning their troubled marriage, and Guthrie Featherstone seeks the judgeship that will give Horace Rumpole grief in later installments. The last story, "Rumpole and the Age of Retirement," sounds deceptively like a finale to Rumpole's career, but it's no secret that his saga continues. Bill Wallis works too hard to sound like Leo McKern, the late actor identified with Rumpole, but his portrayal gains strength with familiarity. His handling of dialogue, particularly Rumpole's parrying with a client in "Rumpole and the Showfolk," is deft. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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