Viking, Nov 2004, 24.95, 224 pp.
Horace Rumpole looks back to just after graduating from Oxford to work his first legal case. Five decades ago Rumpole bit his acerbic tongue to defend a client Simon Jerold accused of a double murder, that of his father and a friend using a pistol taken from a deceased World War II German aviator. The evidence seems overwhelming and the legal fraternity shies away from defending the accused as no money can be made. Stunned by the reaction of his peers Rumpole dives into the defense with idealistic zeal.
Rumpole quickly learns that the jurisprudence system is full of corrupt barristers trying to squeeze pounds out of helpless and at times innocent defendants. Rumpole applies his saber wit on opponents as he defends his client with his belligerent manner.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner