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Author: Lawrence Block
ISBN: 006087273X
Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTorch (April 25, 2006)
Rating: 4.6
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for Mary Pat, who opened the right door. Sir, he who would earn his bread writing books must have the assurance of a duke, the wit of a courtier, and the guts of a burglar.

for Mary Pat, who opened the right door. Chapter One. Gramercy Park, said Miss Henrietta Tyler, is an oasis i. hapter Two.

Lawrence Block (born June 24, 1938) is an American crime writer best known for two long-running New York–set series about the recovering alcoholic . Matthew Scudder and the gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr

Lawrence Block (born June 24, 1938) is an American crime writer best known for two long-running New York–set series about the recovering alcoholic . Matthew Scudder and the gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr. Block was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1994. Lawrence Block was born June 24, 1938 in Buffalo, New York, where he was raised. Block attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, but left before graduating.

A Lawrence Block Production But I hadn’t chosen the shirt in the hope of deluding an acquaintance, and didn’t expect to encounter one in the first place.

A Lawrence Block Production. BOSWELL: I added that person maintained that there was no distinction between virtue and vice. JOHNSON: Why, Sir, if the fellow does not think as he speaks, he is lying; and I see not what honour he can propose to himself from having the character of a liar. But if he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, Sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons. Around 11:15 on a Tuesday morning in May, I was perched on my stool behind the counter at Barnegat Books. But I hadn’t chosen the shirt in the hope of deluding an acquaintance, and didn’t expect to encounter one in the first place.

Book 2 in the Bernie Rhodenbarr series published 1978. If like me you are a Block addict, the burglar books will help to keep you from getting too hardboiled if you read them in between your Scudders and provide another avenue in the great man's writing to explore. Another episode in the life of Bernie Rhodenbarr the world’s most respectable burglar. Now the dentist wants to get even.

Bernie Rhodenbarr, a burglar and bookseller, in New York City: Burglars Can't Be Choosers (Bernie Rhodenbarr, The Burglar in the Closet (Bernie Rhod. Book 2. The Burglar in the Closet. It's hard to ignore someone with his hands i. ore. Shelve The Burglar in the Closet.

Book 2 in the Bernie Rhodenbarr series. Gramercy Park, said Miss Henrietta Tyler, is an oasis in the middle of a cruel sea, a respite from the slings and arrows of which the Bard has warned us. for Mary Pat, who opened the right door.

Block first published Burglar in the Closet in 1978 as the second of what eventually became an eleven-book series featuring the gentleman-burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr. This is clearly one of the best. Пользовательский отзыв - jetangen4571 - LibraryThing. Bernie Rhodenbarr, snarky, punny, humor, murder, amateur sleuth, law enforcement Only Bernie could get into such fixes! There's lots of situational and verbal humor. The publisher's blurb gives hints.

Bernie Rhodenbarr's all ears when Dr. Sheldrake, his dentist, start. Bernie's got to come out of the closet some time

Bernie Rhodenbarr's all ears when Dr. Bernie's got to come out of the closet some time. But when he does, he'll be facing a rap for a murder he didn't commit - and for a burglary he certainly attempted - unless he can hunt down the killer who left him hanging. Thriller & Crime. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

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Lawrence Block Burglars Can’t Be Choosers Book 1 in the Bernie Rhodenbarr series For Steve and Nancy Schwerner Chapter One A handful of minutes after nine I hoisted my Bloomingdale’s shopping bag and moved out of a doorway and into step with a tall blond fellow with a faintly equine cast to his face. Читать онлайн Burglars Can’t Be Choosers. Burglars Can’t Be Choosers. Book 1 in the Bernie Rhodenbarr series. For Steve and Nancy Schwerner.

Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. This book is in a series featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr, a bookseller and compulsive burglar in New York City

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. This book is in a series featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr, a bookseller and compulsive burglar in New York City. It is not really one of Bernie’s best, but it is certainly an entertaining read.

It's hard to ignore someone with his hands in your mouth. Bernie Rhodenbarr's all ears when Dr. Sheldrake, his dentist, starts complaining about his detestable, soon-to-be-ex wife, and happens to mention the valuable diamonds she keeps lying around the apartment. Since Bernie's been known to supplement his income as a bookstore owner with the not-so-occasional bout of high-rise burglary, a couple of nights later he's in the Sheldrake apartment with larceny on his mind -- and has to duck into a closet when the lady of the house makes an unexpected entrance. Unfortunately he's still there when an unseen assailant does Mrs. Sheldrake in . . . and then vanishes with the jewels.

Bernie's got to come out of the closet some time. But when he does, he'll be facing a rap for a murder he didn't commit -- and for a burglary he certainly attempted -- unless he can hunt down the killer who left him hanging.

Comments (7)
Ishnsius
Of course, Bernie was never IN the closet in the modern sense. He was in a REAL closet and that only happened because (once again) he broke his own #1 rule - always find your own mark. After all, Bernie's no amateur, crack-addled burglar, but a clear-headed experienced professional. He knows how to find out who has stuff worth stealing. But he's burdened with a memorable name (Rhodenbarr) and that name has been in the news a lot, what with one thing and another. So, although he actually owns and runs a bookstore, many people know he was a burglar. And none of them believe him when he swears that he's quit the business forever.

Which just goes to show that the cynicism of New Yorkers is firmly rooted in reality, because Bernie HASN'T quit the business. He's not extravagant and his bookstore brings in a modest profit. But, as much as he loves books, selling them doesn't give him the adrenaline charge of dismantling an expensive alarm system or picking a "pick-proof" lock or getting past an eagle-eyed doorman. Bernie's a junkie, but he can't buy his drug of choice. He has to go out and put himself at risk for it.

But to get back to the "find your own mark" rule.... One of the people who's put two and two together is Bernie's dentist - The World's Greatest Dentist, as he modestly bills himself. Far from being appalled at having his fingers in the mouth of a criminal, he's thrilled to know one. Furthermore, he knows just the woman who needs to be relieved of the pile of valuable jewelry she got in the divorce - his ex-wife Chrystal. It's just too tempting and Bernie falls.

But the empty apartment he's counting on doesn't STAY empty and (before you know it) Bernie's found with another stiff. Being charged with breaking and entering is bad enough, but MURDER? The only way out is to run down the three men that Chrystal was playing around with and figure out who offed her. And Bernie sets about it in his usual methodical style, aided by a very pretty dental hygienist. Rinse and spit!

When he needs some inside help, he calls on his old buddy NYPD cop Ray Kirschmann. Bernie calls him "The best cop money can buy" but I think that's hyperbole. I suspect you can buy many better cops, but it would cost you more money. Ray's morals may not be much, but he delivers the goods at a reasonable price.

Which brings us to something I'm curious about. What did the NYPD think about this series? Were they incensed? Amused? Pleased with the free publicity? Or are they just not big readers? I'm betting Block's writing never won him any "Most Helpful Civilian" awards.

This is a good series of books - well-written, eccentric, and funny. Once I start a book about Bernie and his friends (and enemies) I don't like to put it down until the end. This one was no exception.
Nidor
Bernie Rhodenbarr is back with another adventure, this time he is doing a favor for his goofy dentist. The dentist (to the elite) has divorced his trampy wife and in the process, lost everything including a fortune in jewels that he gave her throughout the marriage. He suggests Bernie break into the house while the ex-wife is gone, recover the jewels and he will cut Bernie in for a large percentage. The dentist is so annoying that I, personally, would have shot him first! During the robbery, the wife returns and Bernie quickly hides in the closet where he cannot see but only hear what is going on. He finally manages to escape after a murder occurs, without the jewels! Soon he is charged with the murder AND jewel robbery. Will his wits and cunning be enough to save him while eluding the police? The ending has a nice unexpected twist of why. Very enjoyable tale. As usual, Bernie is a hoot!
Sudert
A rehash of the basic plot of Block's previous Bernie Rhodenbarr book, Burglars Can't Be Choosers. Again, Bernie finds himself burglarizing a residence containing a murdered victim. PU-LEEZ!
And again, he hooks up with a sweet young thing who believes in his innocence and wants to help him.
And again, he's running from the law, hiding out with his cute, cuddly female admirer while he solves the real whodunit. And , of course , they have sex.
The culmination is ridiculously complex and stretches credulity.
The redeeming factor is Bernie's (Block's) light,wry funny prose. In that respect, he is a sort of male Sue Grafton. So the journey is lots of fun, even though, like Sue Grafton, the destination is a disappointment.
Danskyleyn
Overall an enjoyable read, the twist was well done but the manner of one of the characters death knocked me right out of the story. Seriously stabbed themselves in the chest? How did that work? What happened to this thing called YOUR RIBCAGE??!! Not to mention a good 3 inches of muscle, you'd have to be The Hulk to have the momentum to do that.

Yeah and bantering cops WTF?
Landaron
Nothing wrong with Block's writing and the burglar as protagonist is innovative and appealing. However, having read the first tow stories in the series, I cannot help but think this series has limited potential, subsequent books notwithstanding. The first two stories are just variations on a theme. In the first story the dead body is allegedly there when the burglar as hero enters the scene; in the second the murder is done while the burglar is present but hiding. How many ways can a burglar be involved in a murder? I will read the third in the series to find out but I am not optimistic.
Risinal
Bernie Rhodenbarr, snarky, punny, humor, murder, amateur sleuth, law enforcement

Only Bernie could get into such fixes! There's lots of situational and verbal humor. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers, but Bernie gets tagged for murders but has never physically hurt anyone. Unless you consider readers spewing coffee. Enjoy the fun and mayhem!
Richard Ferrone is truly remarkable as Bernie and friends.
The Sinners from Mitar
But spending Sunday mornings, or any day, afternoon, or middle of the night with Mrs. Rhodenbarr's Bernie is one of the things I like the most. In The Burglar in the Closet, the crimes and dead bodies pile up like loaves and fishes and poor Bernie is thought to be responsible for all of them. Something really stinks, including our poor hero, who can't get a shower or fresh change of clothes to save his life, but every time Bernie and the reader think they've got it figured out, the suspect ends up on the dead body pile. Happy reading of Mr. Block's second installment of the Burglar series. He occasionally reduces the price on Amazon. I got mine for 99 cents, which even I had to admit was a steal.
I only give five stars to really favorite books. This is not my favorite Bernie but it’s still great. I like the breezy, humorous dialogue.