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The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart [Hardcover]

Lawrence Block
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: E P Dutton; First Edition edition (Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525940162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525940166
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 14.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,324,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By morning, Bernie Rhodenbarr still doesn''t have the item he was asked to steal, but it''s OK as his clie nt is dead. But, when there''s a dead body Bernie''s nemesis, Detective Ray Kirschmann, is never far behind, and he is dem anding answers. ' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cinema Invades a Burglar's Mind! 26 Jun 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 valuables. 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. Very nice!
So much for explaining the concept of the series. The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart is the seventh 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 and The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams. Each story in the series adds information and characters in a way that will reduce your pleasure of the others if read out of order. Although, I originally read them out of order and liked them well enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bernie Does Bogart 17 Sep 2002
Bernie knows books. Bernie knows burglary. Bernie knows Bogie?
Bernie's at it again, this time getting caught up in films by the great American actor, Humphrey Bogart. And he's not alone. The beautiful Ilona, from a country noone's heard of, is by his side. But things take a turn for the worse as Bernie is set up to do a job, and really does get set up, being connected with a murder. Of course, it's left for Bernie to piece together.
This recent installment in the "Burglar Who..." series does lack in some areas -- a whodunit that can nearly be figured out before Bernie does his "bringing everyone together" act. Fortunately, it's all the loose ends that leave you wondering what will happen next, and who will play a greater part in the scheme of things. Bernie, having fallen in love, almost seems to have left Carolyn by the wayside, but naturally Ray still pops in from time to time, usually when a man with a hard to pronounce name visits Bernie. And as Bernie tries to find out how Anatruria, Hugo Candlemas, and The Mouse all tie together, Bogart comes along for the ride, in Bernie's head and in his speech.
Certainly the earlier Burglar entries had much more to offer and keep you guessing. However, Lawrence Block has honed his craft well, and this one is a rollicking ride that will keep you up til the wee hours of the morn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burglars, Books, Bogart 30 Jan 2000
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This was the first Bernie Rhodenbarr novel that I have read, and it was fantastic. The plot is woven on so thickly that at times it was difficult to realise exactly what was going on, but it was the characters quality that shone through. It's a thoroughly fascinating read as Bernie adopts the persona of Bogart in his quest to uncover the truth of why Hugo Candlemass hired him to burgle an appartment and why everyone who seems to be connected to it dies very suddenly. The book had a good subplot too, as Bernie embarked on a romance with an enigmatic woman over Humphrey Bogart films. Fantastic.
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