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The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (1979)

by Lawrence Block

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Series: Bernie Rhodenbarr (3)

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I'm not going to rate this because I didn't finish it. This is the 3d in the series & I knew what was going to happen before it did. It's not really any different than either of the other 2 books. Too similar to bother listening to now. Maybe in a year or two...
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Just goes to show that you can't help but be in the wrong place at the wrong time if you persist in being a burglar! This time around Bernie is unwittingly involved in a fraudulent rare book scheme. He uses his powers of deduction, along with the help of another adoring girl, to solve the crime. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Aug 8, 2013 |
It was the first Block book I have read, and the second story from him (the first one was a short story). I love the dialogue in this book. It's not my usual genre but I was entertained 100%.
  jaypee | Aug 3, 2011 |
I like the Burglar series a lot: the books are fun, and burglar Bernie is a very nice man, albeit with this one small fault of loving being a burglar, and a bit silly too: we see the problems coming from way off, he just stumbles along until he finds himself in such a pickle that he really has to start thinking. Perfect books for recovering after a bad day at the office. ” ( )
  mojacobs | Jul 5, 2011 |
This is the first one with the bookstore and with Carolyn. It's a lot of fun! ( )
  sylviasotomayor | Mar 26, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060731257, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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Trying to go legit, Bernie has taken over a secondhand bookstore in Greenwich Village, but he still can't resist stealing things when the rewards are right.

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