The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole by John Clifford Mortimer - Viking Books (2008), Hardcover, 208 pages [Our New Books - LibraryThing]
I blame the collection short stories edited by Maxim Jakubowski that's my current "emergencies and other places where a short story is just the thing" read - there was one from John Mortimer in that and I was reminded of how much I like dear old Rumple. So I was pleased to spy these two books on a recent shopping trip.
The Reign of Terror - from the Blurb:
Justice isn't blind - it's just a little short sighted and weak around the knees...
The Anti-Social Behaviour - from the Blurb:
ASBOs may be the pride and joy of New Labour, but they don't cut much ice with Horace Rumpole - he takes the old-fashioned view that if anyone is going to be threatened with a restriction of their liberty then some form of meaningful legal procedure ought to be put in place.
Justice isn't blind - it's just a little short sighted and weak around the knees ...
His wig may be yellowing and his gown might be in tatters, but Rumpole will not give up the good fight - now while there's injustice to battle.
When a distressed Tiffany Timson (of the infamous South London clan of petty criminals) tearfully explains that her husband Dr Khan has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism, Rumpole knows that to take on this case will mean not just defending one man, but squaring up to the very notion of modern British justice.
With She Who Must be Obeyed mysteriously shutting herself away and fellow-members of his chambers just plain scared, it seems that Rumpole must stand alone against the Establishment. But that is precisely the position any defence barrister worth his salt relishes most...