Quite Honestly

Quite Honestly

by John Mortimer
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Quite Honestly 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
A_TRIAL_LAWYER More than 1 year ago
This is typical of his light, humorous stuff with a clear social commentary edge. I like his delicate and yet insightful view of the law and society, so I enjoyed the book. Not as much as the Rumple series of which I am a very big fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light criminal read.
Ross_W More than 1 year ago
I have read a few other John Mortimer books; this was OK but I think I like the Rumpole stories better. This was interesting in the way it was written (first person with very other chapter written by one of the two main characters - so you would get each of their viewpoints on the same event). Plenty of interesting characters and it does provide Mortimer's usual combination of humorous observations and a well told story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Recently graduated from Manchester University with a degree in social sciences, Lucinda Purefoy feels good about her future. Perhaps because of her being an offspring of a caring liberal Anglican bishop, Lucinda believes she should thank society for her opportunities. Thus the idealistic Lucinda joins the volunteer group SCRAP (Social Careers, Reformers and Preceptors) that assigns one of their compassionate guides with a recently released former convict to expedite the ex prisoner¿s return into society. P Lucinda meets her objective burglar Terry Keegan as he is released from Wormwood Scrubs after he spent three years behind bars for breaking and entering. Terry wants nothing to do with the do-gooder so he plans to dump her in the first fast food place he finds. However, stubborn Lucinda is like dry mustard refusing to come off even when Terry visits his childhood crony Leonard ¿Chippy¿ McGrath seeking work. Chippy is an environmentally concerned businessman, who Lucinda will soon learn runs a vast crime complex P QUITE HONESTLY is a fabulous look at society using a rotational point of view between how Lucinda sees her need to help Terry and his perspective that she is a pain in the rump. The story line is fast-paced and filled with amusement as John Mortimer looks closely in his ironic manner at incarceration and prison reform through his Good Samaritan and a former guest of the state. Rumpole aside, this is a fabulous thought provoking tale that will have readers laugh yet ponder the goal of imprisonment and what is best for both society and the ex-con (not necessarily inclusive) to return to the civilian world. Harriet Klausner P