The Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis

The Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis

by Lawrence Block

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Between 1977 and 1983, I wrote and published five books about the lighthearted and lightfingered Bernard Grimes Rhodenbarr, with his secondhand bookstore and his dogwashing buddy, Carolyn. It was 1994 before a sixth Burglar book came along, but by then I’d written a pair of short stories about our lad.

The first, “Like a Thief in the Night,” was exceptional in that it’s told from the point of view of the young woman who walks in on Bernie while he’s burgling a suite of midtown offices. (She’s pretty and personable, and he’s Bernie, so everything works out just fine.) A few years later I was holed up at a writers colony in Virginia with time on my hands, and a whole batch of short stories was the happy result. One was this one, in which Bernie’s enlisted by a supermarket tabloid to take forbidden photos at Graceland.

That same stint in Virginia also yielded “Answers to Soldier,” about a hit man on a job in a small city in Oregon. Each story went straight to Alice Turner at Playboy, who bought them both. A couple of years later I found I had more to say about that hit man, whose name was Keller; there have now been four books about him, and I suspect there’ll be at least one more to come. And as for Bernie, there have been five more books, making a total of ten. And there’s been one more short story, “The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke.” And every once in a while an entire day goes by without someone asking me when I’m going to write another book about the fellow…

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013032002
Publisher: Lawrence Block
Publication date: 08/21/2011
Series: Bernie Rhodenbarr Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 20 KB

About 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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The Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RachieL More than 1 year ago
'Short' story is right! 15 pages, but that qualifies. But 15 pages for $4? Really? I blinked faster than the time it took my credit card to be charged for this purchase. And the story, while cute in all it's Bernie-ness, didn't really have much to it. So this is a bit of a let-down for me, especially since I've loved all the Bernie books. Phooey...
Anonymous 6 months ago
I've always loved reading this series, Bernie & his cleverness, as usual has put a smile on my facethank you Mr Block
Tangen More than 1 year ago
situational-humor, verbal-humor, scam The Burglar Who is approached by a reporter from a sleazy rag newspaper to overcome all the security at Graceland and shoot photos of the forbidden second floor. He not only gets paid for it but has great fun using the paper's money to hire folks to provide lots of distractions. That's all I'm saying, no spoilers, read it for yourself!
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Larry Block can do no wrong
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ACapel More than 1 year ago
This Bernie Rhodenbarr short story was the first "Bernie the Burglar" story I had read about a year or so ago when I was reading Enough Rope (the e-version actually, which is on here and Amazon as well). I found myself smiling as I read the story without even realizing it. I really found it to be a witty and just plain enjoyable story that got me hooked on this character who is very different from the other Block characters I had already read and loved before (Evan Tanner, Keller, and Scudder). I think this'll hook anyone new to Bernie and if it doesn't, read "The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke". If that doesn't hook you...I'm just not sure anything will...