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The Burglar on the Prowl [Hardcover]

Lawrence Block
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Mar 2004
When a friend suggests that Bernie Rhodenbarr burglarize a romantic rival's home, Bernie is happy to oblige. For him, burglary is more than a career, it's his favorite hobby. Along with lesbian friend Caroline Kaiser, Bernie is overjoyed to find a safe full of cash—cash for which income taxes had not been paid and for which a police report is unlikely. And for once in a Bernie Rhodenbarr story, there isn't even a dead body in the house. At least not yet. Because a nearby home had also been burglarized and in that robbery, three people had died. The police recognize Bernie from a nearby bank ATM camera and soon he's in the newspapers as the suspect.

A good lawyer soon gets Bernie out of jail, but he isn't out of trouble. Because criminals read the newspapers and now they think that Bernie has whatever was missing from the robbery gone bad. Unless Bernie can come up with the truth, he's in for some serious trouble from some very bad people. Fortunately, Bernie is good at finding the truth. Better yet for Bernie, an incidental burglary leads to a relationship with a beautiful lawyer. If he can stay alive long enough to enjoy it, he's got it made

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 293 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 1 edition (Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060198303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060198305
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,932,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A homage to the golden age of murder mysteries -- Donna Leon, The Sunday Times

A master of crime fiction -- Jonathan Kellerman

Block keeps the reader entertained throughout with his charming, eccentric characters and trade-mark humor. -- Library Journal

For clean close-to-the-bone prose, the line goes from Dashiell Hammett to James M Cain to Lawrence Block. He's that good. -- Martin Cruz Smith --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The man, said my friend Marty Gilmartin, ""is an absolute...a utter and total..."" He held out his hands, shook his head, and sighed." Read the first page
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2.0 out of 5 stars Burglar on the Downhill Slope 5 Aug 2005
After reading Burglar in the Library and Burglar in the Rye, I was all set to start filling my bookshelves with Bernie Rhodenbarr adventures. Giddy with glee at receiving the latest Burglar on the Prowl, I took it on holiday to lap up, poolside and immerse myself in the fun and frolics. Unfortunately, I couldn't have been more disappointed.
The plot was not only thin and far-reaching but Bernie seemed to be keeping so much of the info to himself, that he must have had a gang of invisible pixies doing the work for him. The usual quirky reparty between Bernie and Carolyn had mutated into the sort of slapstick banter that you expect a tap dancing number to follow, complete with waving hands. The story failed to sparkle and seemed to need a lucky dip of subplots to keep any interest alive. I closed the book a little bemused and alot more disappointed.
From now on, I'll be reaching for the back catalogue for some vintage Bernie and leave the new adventures to mature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining, witty, light reading 4 April 2006
I'm a Block fan and this book didn't disappoint. Bernie Rhodenbarr is likeable and funny, and the plot is another one of Block's 'unputdownables'. Good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Block Fan 4 July 2004
This was my first ever Lawrence Block book and it certainly wont be the last! Its was fun, funny and easy to read. I loved the cast of charactors and Bernie would now be my favourite hero
Cant wait to get my hands on more of this series!!
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