|Plot Summary of Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders|
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 synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- finding out whether someone is really guilty
- a lawyer creature
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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