The Anti-social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole

The Anti-social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole

Book - 2007
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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. Not that Hilda agrees, of course, but she's too busy completing her memoirs and thinking about a big new career to dissuade him from taking an interest when one of the Timson children is given an ASBO for playing football in the street. And as if that weren't enough, it turns out that Rumpole's colleagues have voiced some rather prudish objections to the small cigars and glasses of wine he occasionally, if defiantly, enjoys in his office in Chambers. They may even slap an ASBO on him, which won't help the cause of his finally being appointed a QC - or 'Queer Customer' as he likes to call them.
Pretty soon Rumpole realizes that there's something slightly fishy about the Timson case. Why are the residents pursuing their vendetta against the boy quite so strongly? Could they have more sinister reasons for wanting him off their street? And could it be connected in any way to the lonely death of a prostitute across town, in which the prime suspect is a hapless young bachelor protesting his innocence - a call to arms Rumpole can scarcely ignore?
John Mortimer's delightful new Rumpole novel sees the magician of the Old Bailey, and Pommeroy's Wine Bar, at his implacable best as he defends our ancient freedoms, even as he remains uneasy about exactly what it is Hilda is writing or which High Court Judge is giving her a leg up in life.

Publisher: London : Viking, c2007
ISBN: 9780670917112
0670917117
Branch Call Number: FIC MOR
Characteristics: 196 p. ;,25 cm.

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Mehitabel Mar 05, 2008

Rumpole deals with Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and other modern day limits to our freedoms in the name of political correctness. It's all very serious in its intent, though of course handled with Mortimer's usual lightness of touch. His novels get shorter as he gets older, though.

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