The creator of one of literature's best characters, Rumpole of the Bailey, has died. Sir John Mortimer, a prolific writer of books and screenplays, was 85 years old. Obituaries and tributes are pouring in from both sides of the Atlantic: NYTimes, BBC, Telegraph, Guardian. A Guardian blog post has clips from various interviews with Mortimer over the years.
I've read and enjoyed many of the Rumpole books, and I highly recommend them.