The Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis

The Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis

by Lawrence Block
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The Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis by Lawrence Block

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
Sales rank: 696,040
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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 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...
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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...