The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #3)

The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #3)

by Lawrence Block
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The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #3) by Lawrence Block

Bernie Rhodenbarr has gone legit — almost — as the new owner of a used bookstore in New York's Greenwich Village. Of course, dusty old tomes don't always turn a profit, so to make ends meet, Bernie's forced, on occasion, to indulge in his previous occupation: burglary. Besides which, he likes it.

Now a collector is offering Bernie an opportunity to combine his twin passions by stealing a very rare and very bad book-length poem from a rich man's library.

The heist goes off without a hitch. The delivery of the ill-gotten volume, however, is a different story. Drugged by the client's female go-between, Bernie wakes up in her apartment to find the book gone, the lady dead, a smoking gun in his hand, and the cops at the door. And suddenly he's got to extricate himself from a rather sticky real-life murder mystery and find a killer — before he's booked for Murder One.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060731250
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Series: Bernie Rhodenbarr Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 520,560
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.

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The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
merrycoz 12 months ago
I read this in the 1980s and picked up this copy for nostalgia's sake and because it had been shuffled around on the English department's "free to a good home" bookcase for over a year. It's very much a book of its time: the wonders of the Polaroid camera! the delight of having to find a payphone when you're not home to make a call! A fun read, though this time I found myself a little irritated with Block's method of keeping some of Bernie's activities secret: "I went into the office. Twenty minutes later, I left, whistling." That's part of the problem with a first-person narrator, but it seemed a little ham-handed here. It was fun to reread Bernie, but I'm not keeping the book; maybe it can be shuffled around on the shelves of a library book sale for a while.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
I don't think that I have read this one before, but I'm glad that I caught up with it now. It is somewhat more convoluted than some of the others. I often find it worth a giggle or two to see how far communications and inflation have come since the book was written. The story involves double crossing, double dealing, some godawful poetry, and a mink coat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I don't like sh<_>it, I don't go outside." "White, red-headed b<_>itch reminded me of Annie. She stood after my state of mind, so yeah she understands me." "Bodies lying in the streets. Eh. Mama taught me how to not be like the bodies lying and them pigs ridin' in 'em. I'm a target so it's hard to even eye me in 'em. And if they ain't dying for me. You know I ain't ridin' with 'em."
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"I might be on the side of the angels but don't think for a da<->mn second I'm one of them." "If you don't screw it up once how will you grow stronger." "If time can fly, why doesn't days fu<->ck<->ing end?" "It isn't a story worth telling if there aren't any dragons." "Sorry, I'm loading a sarcastic comment." "I'm not arguing I'm just proving that I'm right."
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