Lucinda ('call me Lucy') Purefoy is a 'do-gooder', a nice, middle-class girl, fresh out of university (and work experience at the Guardian), who wants to repay her 'debt to society'. Crime-tackling organisation SCRAP recruit Lucy to volunteer as a 'mentor' for ex-cons. But her first client, habitual house-burglar Terry Keegan (just out of a four-year stretch at Wormwood Scrubs) has ideas of his own. And it's not long before Lucy's distracted from her reform duties by Terry's seductive lessons in the criminal life.
Filled with hilarious characters, including a star-turn from Lucy's father Robert, the Bishop of Aldershot, this funny, clever and hugely successful comic novel is bursting with big ideas and John Mortimer's reflections on crime, rehabilitation and how wrong some people go trying to do right in life.