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Rumpole a la Carte.

Penni Crabtree is a journalist who lives and works in San Diego.

I read the latest in the Rumpole of the Bailey series by John Mortimer. This one is called Rumpole a la Carte. Not as good as the previous seven Rumpole books, but even mediocre Rumpole is better than much of the light mystery genre's best.

I also read Mortimer's Dunster, a funny, sly story that pits two lifelong friends against one another -- or at least two men who became attached as schoolboys and can't shake each other in adult life.

Philip Progmire is a morally ambivalent but decent man who is crossed at every turn by his boyhood friend, Dick Dunster. Dunster is a monster of rightness, a ruthless, singled-minded journalist who makes a hash out of everyone's life because of his inflexible political correctness. There is a cast of interesting characters, blackmail, a war crimes trial, and a call to take a stand -- though not necessarily a correct one.
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Author:Crabtree, Penni
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 19, 1993
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