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Rumpole and the Golden Thread (Rumpole of the Bailey #5)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  296 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In this engaging collection of stories, Rumpole continues to juggle deftly the vagaries of law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart in his death-defying performances on behalf of justice.

Contents: Rumpole and the genuine article — Rumpole and the Golden Thread — Rumpole and the Old Boy Net — Rumpole and the female of the species — Rumpole an
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 2nd 1984 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1983)
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mark monday
the title story manages to weave old-fashioned morality, English legalese, colonialism, and the need for African independence into an inoffensive little mystery. but is that a valediction or a condemnation? this take on a loaded topic is certainly tasteful and wryly amusing. but should it be?

in general, Rumpole's timeless appeal continues to elude me - She Who Must Be Obeyed notwithstanding. the stories featuring his adventures are pleasant and innocuous; the gentle liberalism is enjoyable. but
For me Rumpole stories (written by ex-lawyer John Mortimer) will forever be stories about familiarity and comfort, both because those motifs appear repeatedly throughout the series, and because the evoke those feelings within myself. Rumpole the aging defense lawyer is happiest with the Oxford Book of English Verse (which he quotes with aplomb), a stubby cigar and a bottle of cheap wine. As he strives to acquit each and every client he takes on (no matter how nefarious or cold-hearted they appea ...more
Bill Porter
Well done Horace. Well played SWMBO.
Vicki Cline
This collection had a couple of really interesting stories. In "Rumpole and the Golden Thread" he has to go to an African country to defend a politician on a murder charge. And in "Rumpole and the Old Boy Network" we meet the new head of chambers (not Rumpole, alas), Sam Ballard, who replaces Guthrie Featherstone, who's been elevated to judge. Having watched the TV series, it's very easy to visualize the action. Leo McKern was just perfect in the title role.
Feb 08, 2009 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: humour
I love Rumpole, and recommend all of the Rumpole books to anyone who will listen...this particular book is not the best of the Rumpole books, but it still has a couple funny stories: Rumpole and the Last Resort is good, and one of the stories takes place in Africa -- which automatically makes it better! :)
Rumpole travels to Africa, takes on the art world, defends a country squiress, and figures out an ingenius way to collect the fees that are owed him in this collection of short tales, read by Bill Wallis, featuring the always entertaining legal eagle and his cohorts.
Rumpole is always good.
I love these Rumpole stories--and in this volume, he "dies", takes a trip to Africa, and continues his defense of the various members of the Timson family.
Lynn Kearney
I don't know how I missed this one. It reminds me ow good the series is and makes me want to go back for a re-read and a re-watch.
A good collection of Rumpole stories, which I think I prefer to the longer ones such as Rumpole and the Reign of Terror.
I love this man.
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John Clifford Mortimer is a novelist, playwright and former practising barrister. Among his many publications are several volumes of Rumpole stories and a trilogy of political novels, Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets, featuring Leslie Titmuss - a character as brilliant as Rumpole.

John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.

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