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.