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Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders
Rumpole reminisces about the case that made his name when, as a 'white wig', he successfully defends the young man accused of shooting his father and his father's friend (and ex-tail gunner) after a drunken party. Turns out that the father wasn't altogether loyal and brave during the war and the third crew member disappeared slightly mysteriously when they crashed in France. One of his other ex-RAF 'buddies' decided it was time to apply justice, taking the opportunity to frame the kid. They flew 'Bristol bombers' which I think must mean Blenheims, which have a crew of three.
My first Rumpole book and I thought it was quite good, except the style was a bit bumptious. Just been checking Wikipedia - hadn't realised it was a TV series first - the books came afterwards. Mind you, this particular book is a stand-alone novel rather than an adaptation of one of the TV stories.
Score: 7.5
Published: 2004
Read: June 8th 2008