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In this first volume of his classic series, author John Mortimer introduces us to the sagacious, sardonic, and Wordsworth-quoting London barrister as he ruminates on one of his old cases: the trial of the 16-year-old Jim Timson, a member of one of the most powerful families in South London, who, along with a band of hooligans, was accused of stealing a briefcase from a local business.

Leo McKern, who famously portrayed Rumpole in the iconic TV show Rumpole of the Bailey, fittingly reprises his role in this audiobook, and injects this quintessentially British character with the perfect amount of dryness and cunning wit.

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Rumpole must now defend a young member of the Timson family, an extended clan of petty thieves who are otherwise decent South London rogues. Adding to Rumpole’s anxiety, his own son now appears to be acquiring some of the less respectable Timson family traits.

©1978 John Mortimer (P)2009 Audio Holdings, LLC

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