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3.0 out of 5 stars Time for retirement?, 16 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Rumpole and the Reign of Terror (Hardcover)
For thirty years and over seventy tales John Mortimer has kept readers entertained and enlightened with his stories of the crusty old barrister, Horace Rumpole, and his dedication to the finest principles of British law. In doing so he has maintained for so long an astonishingly high level of imagination and invention, but to judge from the latest offering it may at last be time to put the warhorse out to grass.

'Rumpole and the Reign of Terror' tells an unlikely story drawn out to book length of a Pakistani doctor framed on terrorist charges, a victim of the government's abolition of normal procedures of justice in its fight against the forces of terror. In fact the book seems little more than a pretext for Mortimer to sound off against current abuses of law.

Few of Rumpole's familiar and endearing character traits emerge here, the plot creaks and improbabilities abound: Rumpole's formidable wife is even made to write her own memoirs on a laptop in the boxroom of their Gloucester Road mansion flat and conduct a half-clandestine romance with Rumpole's arch-foe, the 'Mad Bull' Judge Bullingham.

Rumpole fans will still want to read this and enjoy it, but maybe, Sir John, it is time for you and Rumpole to rest on your laurels? You have given us much delight and we cannot reasonably expect more.
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