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Quite Honestly

by John Mortimer

Quite Honestly by John Mortimer
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2006
    224 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Thousands of readers have discovered the inimitable voice of John Mortimer through his Rumpole series of stories. But with Quite Honestly, Mortimer creates a cast of characters that rivals his usual repertoire, delivering a wonderfully comic novel, packed with entertaining reflections on a life in crime.

Life couldn’t be better for Lucinda Purefoy. She’s got a steady boyfriend, a degree in social sciences from Manchester University, and the offer of a high-powered job in advertising. With all this good fortune, isn’t it appropriate for her to give something back to society?

With her newly minted membership in Social Carers, Reformers, and Praeceptors (SCRAP for short), an organization that recruits women to become the guides, philosophers, and friends to ex-convicts coming out of prison, Lucy finds herself standing outside the gates of Wormwood Scrubs waiting to greet a career burglar called Terry Keegan. What happens next—after a short and hostile trip to Burger King—confounds expectations and produces a signature Mortimer tale full of wit and surprise.

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"Told in a nimble he-said, she-said format, the narrative cartwheels across all that is sanctimonious about prison reform for a delectable undoing of do-gooders." - PW.
"Quite Honestly is great fun from page 1--honestly." - Booklist.

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I used to love Rumpole, both the books and the TV series, but try as I might I've been having a hard time getting into the recent books. So well done Mortimer for letting Rumpole hang up his ratty old wig and retire gracefully with 'She Who Must Be Obeyed' and a couple of glasses of Chateau Thames Embankment, while Mortimer expresses his considerable talents in a new direction!

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