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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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In the third book in the “Burglar” series, Block provides the reader with a short, satisfying, humorous read. Bernie Rhodenbarr is a bookseller by day and a burglar by night and he is often quite a burglar. In many ways, this series is a “Yin” to the “Yang” of the dark, brooding Scudder series. Although it is crime fiction in that Bernie is a burglar and he is often accused of murder and placed in dangerous situations, including often being on the run from the law, the series tends to be light and humorous rather than dark and gritty.

Plot-wise, most of the Burglar books tend to follow a similar pattern. If you’ve read one, then you probably have an idea of how the others will go. Bernie is approached to burgle an item of value and somehow, in the course of burgling or fencing the item, a dead body appears and the police and the media think that Bernie is the killer, although he has never turned to violence before. Bernie is generally on the run from the law and out to unmask the real killer. This volume follows this basic plot.

Here, Bernie for the first time operates a bookshop, an antiquarian bookshop, which means valuable used or old books, which are things that people physically bought in stores before the advent of E-books. Quite old-fashioned of them. Bernie is approached by a seemingly well-to-do gentleman who is after a book of Kipling’s prose, a book that was part of a private printing and, of which, there is only one remaining anywhere and it isn’t for sale. There are, of course, others who want this book and Bernie is held up at gunpoint, framed for murder, drugged, hunted by the police, and generally put in some awkward positions. The story moves along at a quick and humorous pace until Bernie finally solves the murder in a scene with all suspects gathered and the police ready to spring out.
It is an enjoyable quick read, filled with light banter and other stuff. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
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.
Richard Ferrone continues to be marvelous as Bernie Rhodenbarr. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Jan 21, 2017 |
This is my first venture into the world of Bernie Rhodenbarr
It started off well Bernie is a reformed burglar who owns a 2nd hand book shop in New York. He isn't that reformed as he agrees to steal a very rare book of poems written by Rudyard Kipling.
He is then framed for murder and with the help of his lesbian friend Carolyn sets about clearing his name and finding the real killer.

I will stick to Matt Scudder novels. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Sep 25, 2015 |
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 |
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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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Bernie's tried to go legit by opening up a secondhand bookstore down in Greenwich Village but still can't resist his passion: stealing things. Especially when the price is right, and this time it most certainly is. Here's what Bernie's got to do: pilfer a rare Kipling edition and make off with a bundle. That's the easy part. The hard part, Bernie finds, is returning the priceless volume to his employer. His instructions are to turn the book over to a lovely femme fatale, but before Bernie can, the femme is suddenly a fatality. And of course the cops are close behind. With best pal, Carolyn, at his side, and a surprising ally found in police detective Ray Kirschmann, Bernie tries to get himself out of the stickiest wrong-side-of-the-law jam of his life. It will take all the tricks and tools of the burgling trade to uncover a clever plot by some very dangerous men. But dangerous is nothing when you're dealing with the hilarious hijinks of Bernie Rhodenbarr.… (more)

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