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The Burglar in the Rye (Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery) Paperback – Jul 1999

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press; New edition edition (July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901982637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901982633
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,947,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lawrence Block is one of the most prolific and consistent authors of modern times having written over 80 novels and created numerous serial characters. The "burglar in the rye" is his 1999 project starring the notorious master burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr in a plot that contains everything from reclusive authors, lipstick lesbians, corrupt coppers, knife wielding maniacs and Paddington Bear.
Bernie checks into a downtown hotel with the intention of "liberating" the private correspondence between his favourite author and his former literary agent who is about to sell them at auction. Half an hour later Bernie is under arrest for murder and the letters are no where to be found.
This book and the ones in the same series are essentially light hearted tales with a few twists and turns on the way. The language is plain and simple with no unnecessary wordiness getting in the way of the deviousness of the characters and spoiling the fun. The only problem is that you get the impression a few of the plot twists are only really there as a contractible obligation.
Overall probably not one of the best in the series but it's still good fun and that is exactly what it is supposed to be. Just keep your eye on the bear.
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This is the most recent of Bernie Rhoddenbarr's outings, with a story of an reclusive writer whose ex love is trying to sell his love letters (who says art doesn't imatate life). The basic plot line is very similar to most of the other burglar books. However if you have read any of the others you will know that what makes these books a great read is not an original plot, but the wonderful dialogue with its recurrent in jokes ( hence the one line review above). Well worth a read for any crime reader, as Mr block is not plotless writer as his wide variety of characters show. From the lovable Bernie to the Alcoholic Matt Scudder. Definately a writer worth getting to know.
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This was the first Lawrence Block novel I've read and boy have I struck gold. The fact there is another 9 of these to look forward to gladdens the heart. The writing is crisp, the dialogue sharp and
the text is littered with elegant wordplay. He even manages to make the burglar protagonist a sympathetic character. In the comic crime genre this is right up there with the best.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lawrence Block is one of our most talented mystery authors. In the Bernie Rhodenbarr series he explores how an ordinary, but intelligent, "honest" person might go about pursuing a life of crime as a fastidious and talented burglar who isn't proud of what he does, doesn't like to hang out with criminals, and really gets a big thrill out of breaking and entering . . . and removing nonessential valuables from rich people. As you can see, there's a sitcom set-up to provide lots of humor. But the humor works well in part because Mr. Block is able to put the reader in the Bernie's shoes while he breaks, enters and steals . . . and evades the long arm of the law. To balance the "honest" burglar is an array of "dishonest" and equally easy-money loving cops. As a result, you're in a funny moral never-never land while your stomach tightens and your arm muscles twitch as tension builds. To make matters even more topsy-turvy, Bernie at some point in every story turns into an investigator who must figure out "who-dun-it" for some crime that he personally didn't do. It's almost like one of those "mystery at home" games where the victim comes back as the police investigator, playing two roles. As the series develops, Bernie has a chance to show that he has "ethics" that he follows. Very nice!
So much for explaining the concept of the series. The Burglar in the Rye is the ninth book in the series. I strongly suggest that you begin the series by reading Burglars Can't Be Choosers and follow it up with The Burglar in the Closet, The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza, The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling, The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian, The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams, The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart and The Burglar in the Library.
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