The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza (Bernie Rhodenbarr Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 1998
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About the Author
Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
So much for explaining the concept of the series. The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza is the fourth 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 and The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling. 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. I'm rereading them now in order, and like it much better this way. The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian comes next in the series.Read more ›
One wonders, however, at the end of chapter one, if the reference to Spenser is a clue as to what is about to become apparent plotwise. With that in mind, we read on, only to discover that the initial victim (of Bernie) in book four of the world famous Bernie Rhodenbarr Saga is one of Carolyn's dog grooming customers. According to the delightfully unique and previous bit-part player / professional dog groomer, the estate is LOADED with wealth in various forms, and the only home protection they employ is the family poodle. Said poodle is holidaying with said family hundreds of miles away. So said burglary of said premises is bound to be a cinch. But hold your horses. This is a Bernie book, you know...
I have said it before, and i will say it again. The Bernie books are yet another example of the complete set of sub-genres created by Mr Block through his career which not only extrapolate the concept of the crime novel in a whole new direction, but simultaneously manage to create a genre which is difficult for the reviewer, and the fan, to define. That is not meant negatively, of course, but in reading, loving and of course reviewing these books, the process itself manages to make one stop and think of where the book fits in a generic book shelf kind of way.
Now as to the book itself ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit worn and brown with age, but, as this copy seems to be 34 years old, I guess it's entitled to be.
I'm not disappointed though. It's perfectly readable.
good storytelling, funny and exciting, like the other Rhodenbarr storiesPublished 16 months ago by Gemma