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Rumpole and the Reign of Terror (original 2006; edição 2007)

por John Mortimer (Autor)

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Whilst defending one of the Timson family on a routine theft charge, Rumpole learns that Tiffany Timson's husband Mahmoud Khan has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism. Battling against New Labour and the new anti-terrorism laws - whilst appeasing the fractious Timsons - proves tricky for the great defender.… (mais)
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Título:Rumpole and the Reign of Terror
Autores:John Mortimer (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (2007), Edition: Reprint, 183 pages
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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." ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
British lawyer defends a Pakistani doctor accused of supporting terrorism. It was entertaining in a British Perry Mason way. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
My first experience with Rumpole (I've heard of the BBC/PBS series, but that was the extent of it). Quite I charming little book. I quite enjoy the character of Rumpole and his seeming quest to remain civilized in quickly changing society that has, seemingly lost of knowledge of the meaning of that word. ( )
  hhornblower | Jul 3, 2019 |
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 done. This story reminded me of the Dr Patel case here in Australia and I'm sure there are similar cases around all western countries that occurred in the aftermath of various terrorist bombings in the uk and us. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
Rumpole, defending a Pakistani doctor who has been accused under the new terrorism laws, finds that the fear of terrorism has stripped the accused of legal protections to nearly the same degree as has occurred in the USA. The doctor is not even entitled to a trial by jury, and the most Rumpole can hope for is to learn what the hidden accusations are, who are the accusers, and what evidence exists. The only way to achieve this is in court, which is denied to the accused in this case.

This is a novel rather than the more common Rumpole short stories, and I'd be hard pressed to say which I prefer. The short stories are tightly plotted and written, and the ending is generally more deliciously delivered. In the novels, the author has more room to stretch his characters and plot, generally to worthy effect. This is a particularly fine Rumpole story, nicely humored and with several chapters written from the perspective of Rumpole's wife Hilda (She Who Must Be Obeyed), who is secretly writing her memoirs. In particular we see a deeper look at the idealism that lies hidden beneath Rumpole's often jaded view of English law, and a deeper look at the relationship between Rumpole and She Who Must. ( )
  burnit99 | Feb 5, 2016 |
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Behold, I will make thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy friends. - Jeremiah 20:4.
The terrorist and the policeman both come from the same basket. - Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent.
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So many cases won and lost, so many small cigars smoked, so many occasions when a cold wind seemed to blow between myself and my wife Hilda (known to me only as She Who Must Be Obeyed), so many cups of Old Bailey canteen coffee nervously consumed while waiting for a jury to come back with a verdict, so many devastating cross-examinations (the art of cross-examining is not the art of examining crossly but the gentle art of leading a witness politely into a fatal admission), so many bottles of Château Thames Embankment have come and gone since I was a white wig and sprang to fame for my conduct of the Penge Bungalow affair, in which I scored a win alone and without a leader, that sometimes I can't believe my luck in having had a life so relatively free of a dull moment.
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Whilst defending one of the Timson family on a routine theft charge, Rumpole learns that Tiffany Timson's husband Mahmoud Khan has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism. Battling against New Labour and the new anti-terrorism laws - whilst appeasing the fractious Timsons - proves tricky for the great defender.

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