Rumpole and the Reign of Terror

  • Title: Rumpole and the Reign of Terror
  • Author: John Mortimer
  • ISBN: 9780670038046
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About John Mortimer


    1. John Clifford Mortimer is a novelist, playwright and former practising barrister Among his many publications are several volumes of Rumpole stories and a trilogy of political novels, Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets, featuring Leslie Titmuss a character as brilliant as Rumpole John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.Series Rumpole of the BaileyRapstone Chronicles


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    1. Every time I finish a Rumpole book, I figure Well, that must be the last of them and then I find another Having just taken the time to look over John Mortimer s list of Rumpole s, I see I ve got about 9 or 10 to go Huzzah I love reading about the British legal system and viewing it through the eyes of that most lovable of curmudgeons, Horace Rumpole, a defense lawyer who believes a man is innocent until proven guilty He s a hero for the oppressed, put upon and wrongfully accused Granted, these [...]

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    2. Rumpole of the Old Bailey strikes again But this time he may have bitten off than he can chew as he defends a well loved Pakistani doctor who is accused of terrorism The odds are stacked against him as the public is vocally against the physician and the courts are agreeing Besides, Rumpole has to come up against Justice Mad Bull Bullingham who is on the bench for the trial The notorious and ubiquitous Timson family shows up, as one of their own is married to the doctor and even they are not hap [...]

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    3. John Clifford Mortimer wrote many books about Rumpole which became a very popular British tv series Rumpole is a barrister who prefers the company of the crooks he defends to other lawyers and is at all times terrified of his wife, Hilda, who is known as She Who Must Be Obeyed The books tell good stories and unlike real life lawyers who represent whoever walks in the door with a cheque, Rumpole has morals The books are good, entertaining reads with substance.

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    4. Having thought I d read all the Rumpole books, imagine my joy when I found a couple of new ones to buy with a Christmas gift certificate Rumpole and the Reign of Terror is somewhat slight, but what it lacks in deep thought, it makes up for in wit Surprisingly, the plot of the book centers around the British version of the Patriot Act, a travesty Rumpole, in his never take no for an answer way, is bound to correct While the book is fun to read, it does give short shrift to the real difficulties o [...]

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    5. Mortimer, John RUMPOLE AND THE REIGN OF TERROR 2006 In this installment of Rumpole s cases, author Mortimer has him address the current issues surrounding terrorism and its effect on the approaches to the rule of law that nations undertook As in America, England instituted its own homeland security measures which obviated most of the legal systems in place that protected the rights of citizens The case of a man unjustly accused of treasonable acts comes before Rumpole The client was a medical d [...]

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    6. You kind of forget how really good the Rumpole books can be and this is a perfect little example Especially with Mrs Rumpole locked in the box room writing her memoirs while not being romanced by Rumpole s nemesis of course At the same time that Rumpole is proceeding with defending a Pakistani doctor suspected of terrorism Who happens to have a connection to the infamous Timson family Who have a big problem with him Which means that Rumpole suddenly has a bit problem with cash flow Really should [...]

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    7. I read this after reading about it in John Mortimer s obituary I thought the Rumpole series ended a few years ago, when Rumpole has a heart attack in court and goes to argue his final brief before a judge from whom there is no appeal I was surprised to find that there were at least two books after Rumpole Rests his Case I don t think this is Mortimer s best Hilda s memoirs don t add much But it s wonderful though ultimately predictable to see how Rumpole reacts to the post 9 11 emasculation of B [...]

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    8. 12 20 08 Brilliant book funny, topical, with a good mystery and courtroom romantic drama to boot There are several awfully convenient coincidences, but they don t distract from the over all worth of the story I didn t realize when I picked this book up at the thrift store that it was set in modern times for some reason, I always thought the Rumpole novels to be current with the Bertie Wooster milieu, but it was a very pleasant surprise If you thought the Patriot Act was absurdly fascistic, wait [...]

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    9. I found this an easy read and quite enjoyable The plot is very straightforward and the usual Rumpoleisms are here.

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    10. Rumpole and the Reign of Terror is a nice short read, filled with Mortimer s signature wit I found the mystery plot line to be fairly simple, but Mortimer s writing style helped to keep the plot together, and moved it forward without getting stale What I most enjoyed was not the the story s mystery element but it s wit, as Rumpole seeks to finds his way through a world he clearly does not understand I was interested from the start, as I came to find the plot interesting and enjoyed it s sometime [...]

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    11. An enjoyable piece of Rumpole ia in which we see how the British legal system routinely deals with terrorism cases Hint not in the greatest way Luckily Rumpole s long memory and experience are there to serve a hapless Pakistani doctor who has fallen into the legal system s clutches I especially enjoyed the way the doctor is almost British than the British.

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    12. Pity Hilda s memoirs don t delve deeper, but then the book is supposed to be about Rumpole and the case he s working on Also wonder if John Mortimer held back a bit on his characterisation of the accused Still worth a read.

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    13. John Mortimer takes us on another romp with the lovable curmudgeon Rumpole, She Who Must be obeyed, and the kooky assortment of characters from the Old Bailey Fun to read, and a mystery to boot.

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    14. Always enjoy Rumpole

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    15. My favorite bit may have been Rumpole Hilda s trip to Brighton where they stayed at the small and unfashionable Xanadu Hotel The Xanadu is by no means a stately pleasure dome.

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    16. Hilda is writing her memoir, so it s probably just as well that Rumpole doesn t know what she is doing locked away in the boxroom for hours on end But Rumpole is very busy telling his own story of how he nearly lost his livelihood aka the Timson family clan , and found himself involved in the new world of Terrorism trials.Despite being extremely concerned about the wherewithal to support both the ongoing requirement for furniture police, Fairy Liquid, scrubbing brushes and Vim alongside his own [...]

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    17. HAPPY HUNDRETH BIRTHDAY RUMPOLE IT MUST BE COMING UP SIR JOHN S REIGN OF TERROR CONTINUES FOR HORACE RUMPOLE Without the least irony I hope , another legal character book arrived at my Barrister Desk for The Malet Street Gazette and I always look forward to something from John Mortimer who never fails to please my reading appetite Received, I hasten to add, with much eagerness and anticipation again the fifteenth Rumpole book Rumpole and the Reign of Terror It is politics by innuendo time again [...]

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    18. This book was published before the last Rumpole I read, The Antisocial Behaviour of Horace Rumpole, and I was at first uncertain as to whether I had read it or not such is the sheer volume of Rumpole product most of which I have ardently consumed But no, I hadn t seen this one before and it didn t disappoint though calling this slim large type volume a novel is a bit of a stretch Ah well, Mortimer is always worthwhile especially when you find a remaindered hardback at 6.99 The cover is also a di [...]

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    19. As always, a real pleasure to read about the exploits of Horace Rumpole A novelty of this particular tome is the inclusion of several chapters of Hilda Rumpole s own memoirs, to redress the balance, as it were, from the prospect of She who must be Obeyed Poignantly, I read it in the week during which the memorial service of the late Sir John Mortimer, Q.C took place As a sign of the high regard in which he was held, the Service was attended by Royalty and statesmen, as well as those from every c [...]

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    20. Rumpole enters the arena of anti terrorism tribunals when he takes the case of a Pakistani man arrested as a terrorist Rumpole is frustrated by the new rules put in place to deal with such cases, rules which defy the traditions of English justice His client is in prison without charge on the basis of hearsay, and the government refuses to show any evidence.Rumpole expresses the frustration and foreboding many of us in the Britain and the United States feel over the way government s powers have b [...]

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    21. Ya either love Rumpole or hate him if you re a fan of the BBC series you ll enjoy the book It is a brief pun intended adventure that poses new questions about SWMBO s character She Who Must Be Obeyed As a mystery I found it rather thin I had speculatively solved it about halfway through The wrapup at the end was Perry Mason esque that I would have expected There was at least a couple of laugh out loud moments, hard for this jaded old reader to come by, and for those I was sincerely grateful I f [...]

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    22. I love Rumpole of the Bailey He is a wonderful character, and the books are filled with delightful characters that you cant wait to see what they get up to next Theres not been a Rumpole story I have not liked.That said, this is not one of John Mortimers stronger showings Rumpole finds himself in a terrorist case, hooked in by his longtime clients, the Timpsons He is battling public opinion on the importance of a fair trial, even when the accused might be a dreadful terrorist Its a book that tou [...]

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    23. Rumpole and the Reign of Terror is a relatively new story of Rumpole, where he defends a doctor who is accused of terrorism We recall those 5 Pakistani terrorist doctors that were caught in the UK This short novel does NOT cover that incident but does have a Pakistani doctor arrested for terrorism.Rumpole tackles the issue of arrest without habeous corpus, imprisonment without a trial and without the ability to face one s accusers, search and seizures without warrants, etc Apparently the Magna C [...]

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    24. Rumpole s a British law mystery series, but there are numerous connections to be made with the current political and social issues in the states, especially this one the reign of terror, which revolves around Rumpole defending a Pakistani doctor accused of terrorist act.Extremely comical w double entendres and tongue in cheek humors, Shakespearean misunderstandings all happening before your 3rd person omniscient perspective It s not as intellectually stimulating as reading Sherlock Holmes, but t [...]

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    25. I have never been a big Rumpole fan, but I used to watch the series In this book, rumpole gets involved with the subject of Terrorism Horace does a good bit of grousing against the government walking all over the Magna Carta and so forth the part that really caught my interest was his relationship with his wife Hilda she who much be obeyed Hilda is busily writing her memoirs on a laptop in the back room during the time the story takes place While he defends an accused terrorist, she thinks he is [...]

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    26. Read this one straight after I am pilgrim by Terry Hayes and it was an interesting contrast One was about the extra ordinary lengths both terrorists and law enforcement go to commit and prevent crimes and the laws that get broken in the process and then this one that has governments making laws that strip basic civil rights from citizens when they are accused of terrorist activities to the point where the accused can be held without charge or even any knowledge of what they are supposed to have [...]

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    27. It s amazing how the public supports condemning terrorists without a trial, because after all these people murder women and babies while they shop and while they travel on the subway or the Underground Such people don t deserve the expense of a trial just lock em up and throw away the key What a glorious folk are the Rumpoles of the world who believe in civil rights If I knew the man I d send him a case of Ch teau Thames Embankment every month And if I had the misfortune to be arrested I d certa [...]

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    28. If you haven t discovered the delights of Rumpole, these gentle British mysteries are wonderful fun Rumpole is a barrister who delights in criminal law, specifically a family of long time crooks known as the Timsons The Timsons keep him in legal briefs and dosh The plots aren t terribly important they usually turn on a little known fact Rumpole ferrets out that shows up the opposition in a human, fallible light and wins the case for Rumpole Good fun, and a pleasant way to spend a winter s evenin [...]

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    29. I ve always enjoyed Rumpole whether in novel form or in the numerous short stories in Ellery Queen s Mystery Magazine This book is no exception Rumpole is asked to defend a Pakistani citizen who has been charged with attempting to commit terrorist activities against England In the mean time, Rumpole s wife, Hilda, known as she who must be obeyed, is writing her memoirs, which will reveal to the world the truth about how difficult Rumpole is to live with.This is a delightful book that is a short [...]

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    30. A pleasant read I expected the reign of terror not to be literal but rather to be some sort of contretemps within Rumpole s chambers set, so I was surprised to find we were actually dealing with the abrogation of the rights of the accused in an English trial on the grounds that the terrorists must be confronted Good to see Rumpole taking even this situation in stride But I tired of the interleaving of Hilda s memoirs between the chapters of Rumpole himself in first person.

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