Rumpole misbehaves / John Mortimer.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st American ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: His ire raised by a series of procedural abuses through which children have been imprisoned without trial for innocent activities, barrister Horace Rumpole defends a youth who has been targeted for playing on a posh street.
    • Notes:
      "Published in Great Britain as The anti-social behaviour of Horace Rumpole by Penguin Books"--Title page verso.
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    • ABNT:
      MORTIMER, J.; MORTIMER, J. Rumpole misbehaves. 1st American ed. [s. l.]: Viking, 2007. ISBN 9780670018307. Disponível em: Acesso em: 27 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Mortimer J, Mortimer J. Rumpole Misbehaves. 1st American ed. Viking; 2007. Accessed November 27, 2020.
    • APA:
      Mortimer, J., & Mortimer, J. (2007). Rumpole misbehaves (1st American ed.). Viking.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Mortimer, John, and John Mortimer. 2007. Rumpole Misbehaves. 1st American ed. Rumpole Series: [15]. Viking.
    • Harvard:
      Mortimer, J. and Mortimer, J. (2007) Rumpole misbehaves. 1st American ed. Viking (Rumpole series: [15]). Available at: (Accessed: 27 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Mortimer, J & Mortimer, J 2007, Rumpole misbehaves, 1st American ed., Rumpole series: [15], Viking, viewed 27 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Mortimer, John, and John Mortimer. Rumpole Misbehaves. 1st American ed., Viking, 2007. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Mortimer, John, and John Mortimer. Rumpole Misbehaves. 1st American ed. Rumpole Series: [15]. Viking, 2007.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Mortimer J, Mortimer J. Rumpole misbehaves [Internet]. 1st American ed. Viking; 2007 [cited 2020 Nov 27]. (Rumpole series: [15]). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2007 November #1

*Starred Review* Mortimer's short stories about Horace Rumpole, barrister of the Old Bailey, defender of criminals and poetry, and survivor of marriage with the formidable "She Who Must Be Obeyed," have delighted readers for decades. Since 2004 (with Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders, followed by Rumpole and the Reign of Terror), Mortimer has moved Rumpole from short story to novel, an expanse that allows scope for greater contemporary social satire. In this, the third full-scale Rumpole novel, Mortimer lambastes the new Labour government's Anti-Social Behavior Orders, civil orders that can be slapped on people for the most trivial offenses and which can result in the offender being imprisoned without a trial. Rumpole is asked to defend a 12-year-old sprout of the Timson clan who has been served with an ASBO for kicking a soccer ball into a posh street. The eco-freaks in Rumpole's Chambers soon award Rumpole his own ASBO for contributing to the greenhouse effect by smoking cigars. A murder case, in which a civil servant has been found in a locked room with a Russian prostitute, also comes Rumpole's way. Mortimer ties the ASBO plot to the murder and to an illegal smuggling operation in a way that, with lesser writers, would seem too pat. With Mortimer, the ties never seem forced, only intriguing. As usual, there's humor everywhere: with the backbiting characters in Chambers; with the humorless, narcissistic judges; in his wife's efforts to read for law; and in his courtroom battles. Another Mortimer masterpiece. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2007 October #5

At the start of Mortimer's winning new novella to feature Horace Rumpole (after 2006's Rumpole and the Reign of Terror ), the quirky English barrister agrees to defend 12-year-old Peter Timson, who's been served with an "Anti-social Behaviour Order" (ASBO) for playing soccer in the streets of a posh London neighborhood. Later, Rumpole takes on a more serious case: a shy civil servant, Graham Wetherby, stands accused of murdering a prostitute, an illegal Russian immigrant. Since Wetherby prefers to be represented by a "QC" or Queens Counsel, Rumpole schemes to become a QC in an amusing subplot. Rumpole fans will cheer the barrister's vigorous defense of his clients as well as his cutting comments on the nanny state that gives rise to laws like ASBOs. As always, the character of Rumpole overshadows the mystery solving: his hedonistic pleasure in food and drink, his acerbic, manipulative wit and his love for the legal underdog. Wife Hilda—"She Who Must Be Obeyed"—narrates the occasional chapter to great comic effect. (Dec.)

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