"A Bad Night for Burglars" [NOOK Book]

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“A Bad Night for Burglars” was written sometime in the fall of 1975, probably not much more than six months before I began work on Bernie Rhodenbarr’s debut in Burglars Can’t Be Choosers. I didn’t have the short story consciously in mind when I wrote the book, which seemed to grow directly out of a fantasy of mine in which I took up burglary as an alternative to writing only to break into an apartment where a murder had recently taken place.

It wasn’t until years later that I saw “A Bad Night for Burglars” as a ...
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Overview

“A Bad Night for Burglars” was written sometime in the fall of 1975, probably not much more than six months before I began work on Bernie Rhodenbarr’s debut in Burglars Can’t Be Choosers. I didn’t have the short story consciously in mind when I wrote the book, which seemed to grow directly out of a fantasy of mine in which I took up burglary as an alternative to writing only to break into an apartment where a murder had recently taken place.

It wasn’t until years later that I saw “A Bad Night for Burglars” as a precursor to the book and thus to the whole Bernie Rhodenbarr series. It seems obvious now, but I never really looked at the story once I’d finished it and sent it off to my agent. (He sent it to Fred Dannay, who took it as my first sale to Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Fred specialized in changing titles, rarely for the better; he changed this one to “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” which wouldn’t have been an improvement under any circumstances, but which was especially unfortunate given that Laura Z. Hobson’s bestselling novel, about genteel covert antisemitism, bore that title and was still very much alive in national memory.

The titular burglar who’s having a distinctly bad night doesn’t have a name, nor does he own a secondhand bookstore and hang out with a poodle-grooming lesbian. But it’s not hard to see the shadow of Bernie here. On the other hand, were Mrs. Rhodenbarr’s son Bernard to find himself in this particular mess, I’m sure he’d find a better way to Work Things Out…
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012991522
  • Publisher: Lawrence Block
  • Publication date: 8/19/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 303,049
  • File size: 13 KB

Meet the Author

Lawrence Block has been writing award-winning mystery and suspense fiction for half a century. His most recent novels are A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF, featuring Matthew Scudder, and GETTING OFF, starring a very naughty young woman. Several of his books have been filmed, although not terribly well. He's well known for his books for writers, including the classic TELLING LIES FOR FUN & PROFIT, and THE LIAR'S BIBLE. In addition to prose works, he has written episodic television (TILT!) and the Wong Kar-wai film, MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS. He is a modest and humble fellow, although you would never guess as much from this biographical note.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Crime of opportunity.

    The author took a simple burglary and turned it into a very short story with an interesting twist. This could be the basis for a full length book that would hold you attention for many hours.

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    Posted December 29, 2012

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