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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press; paperback / softback edition (Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184243117X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842431177
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2.6 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,953 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

About the Author

Lawrence Block has been writing award-winning mystery and suspense fiction for half a century. His newest book is The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes. His other recent novels include The Burglar Who Counted The Spoons, Hit Me, and A Drop Of The Hard Stuff, featuring Matthew Scudder, brilliantly embodied by Liam Neeson in the new film "A Walk Among The Tombstones." He's well known for his books for writers, including the classic Telling Lies For Fun & Profit and Write For Your Life, and he has recently published The Crime of Our Lives, a collection of his writings about the mystery genre and its practitioners. He has also written episodic television ("Tilt!") and the Wong Kar-wai film "My Blueberry Nights." His dozen previous anthologies include Manhattan Noir, Manhattan Noir 2, and Dark City Lights. He lives in New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Paperback
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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Deeply offensive - I thought the date rape narrative here was so badly, clumsily and thoughtlessly written. Really poorly written book in what is usually a good series. I would have given it no stars if I could but the reviews do not allow that.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you haven't met Lawrence Block's busy bookselling burglar, Bernie Rhodenbarr, you have ten treats ahead of you that include The Burglar on the Prowl. Bernie's addicted to burgling. He loves the feeling of being in someone else's place when they are not there, and he adores the loot that he lifts. But he has a conscience. He remembers being burgled himself, and avoids taking items of sentimental value to the owners. If he sees a wrong, he'll do what it takes to right it . . . even if there's nothing in it for old Bernie.
Although it's usually best to start at the beginning of a series (in this case with Burglars Can't Be Choosers), Mr. Block does a good job of providing background in this story so you could begin with this one without losing very much enjoyment.
The Burglar on the Prowl starts off innocently enough. Old friend Marty Gilmartin (the owner of the baseball cards that were stolen in The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams) has a bone to pick with a fellow roué, plastic surgeon Crandall Rountree Mapes, who has seduced alienated the affections of his girl friend. Never mind that both Gilmartin and Mapes are both married. Gilmartin wants vengeance. Gilmartin tells Bernie that Mapes keeps lots of cash in a wall safe at home and gives Bernie the address. Gilmartin is even willing to give up his usual finder?s fee if Bernie will lift the loot.
Bernie dutifully cases the joint, sees a way to pull off the caper, and heads home to watch Law and Order on television. Feeling twitchy, he decides to go out again. That impulse to go on the prowl sets off an incredible set of events that reverberate throughout the novel. After a lot of pondering, he decides he wants to burgle a brownstone . . . and wanders around until he finds one that calls out to him.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you haven't met Lawrence Block's busy bookselling burglar, Bernie Rhodenbarr, you have ten treats ahead of you that include The Burglar on the Prowl. Bernie's addicted to burgling. He loves the feeling of being in someone else's place when they are not there, and he adores the loot that he lifts. But he has a conscience. He remembers being burgled himself, and avoids taking items of sentimental value to the owners. If he sees a wrong, he'll do what it takes to right it . . . even if there's nothing in it for old Bernie.
Although it's usually best to start at the beginning of a series (in this case with Burglars Can't Be Choosers), Mr. Block does a good job of providing background in this story so you could begin with this one without losing very much enjoyment.
The Burglar on the Prowl starts off innocently enough. Old friend Marty Gilmartin (the owner of the baseball cards that were stolen in The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams) has a bone to pick with a fellow roué, plastic surgeon Crandall Rountree Mapes, who has seduced and alienated the affections of his girl friend. Never mind that both Gilmartin and Mapes are both married. Gilmartin wants vengeance. Gilmartin tells Bernie that Mapes keeps lots of cash in a wall safe at home and gives Bernie the address. Gilmartin is even willing to give up his usual finder's fee if Bernie will lift the loot.
Bernie dutifully cases the joint, sees a way to pull off the caper, and heads home to watch Law and Order on television. Feeling twitchy, he decides to go out again. That impulse to go on the prowl sets off an incredible set of events that reverberate throughout the novel. After a lot of pondering, he decides he wants to burgle a brownstone . . . and wanders around until he finds one that calls out to him.
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Format: Hardcover
It's strange to read books with criminals as the protagonists. In the real world you read about these guys in the paper or you come home to find yourself a victim of their handiwork and you rage "these people must be stopped". But put them in a fictional story and make them decent people apart from the burglary thing and you find yourself rooting for them, hoping they get away with it. This is my experience when reading the Burglar books, at least.
Lawrence Block is probably best known for his hardboiled Matt Scudder series, a P.I. series featuring the deeply troubled alcoholic as he fights his way through life. The Burglar series is a much lighter series and this book, THE BURGLAR ON THE PROWL is the 10th in the series. The series features Bernie Rhodenbarr, a bookstore owner who moonlights as a professional burglar.
Bernie is asked by a friend to burgle the home of a plastic surgeon as a favour for stealing his girlfriend. He's looking for a form of revenge and the fact that the surgeon has a safe filled with cash sweetens the deal. Springing from this plot come a rather unusual chain of events, murders, robberies and the like, that are unrelated at first glance but closer inspection reveals that the country of Latvia is making a disturbing number of appearances. It seems that no matter which way Bernie moves, he either meets someone from Latvia or Latvia is brought up in conversation. It really becomes a head scratcher that is as amusing as it is perplexing.
Although Bernie outlines the rules that a burglar must adhere to if he wants to stay out of trouble, but while waiting to pull off the plastic surgeon job he can't help but break one of those rules putting it down to restlessness.
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