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Light Hearted Crime novel from one of the best.,
By A Customer
This review is from: BURGLAR IN THE RYE, THE (Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery) (Paperback)
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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