The Burglar in the Library

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Bookseller and New-Yorker-to-the-bone, Bernie Rhodenbarr rarely ventures out of Manhattan, but he's excited about the romantic getaway he has planned for himself and current lady love Lettice at the Cuttleford House, a remote upstate b&b. Unfortunately, Lettice has a prior engagement—she's getting married . . . and not to Bernie—so he decides to take best buddy Carolyn instead. A restful respite from the big city's bustle would be too good to waste. Besides, there's a very valuable first edition shelved in the Cuttleford's library that Bernie's just itching to get his hands on. Did we neglect to mention that Bernie's a burglar?

But first he's got to get around a very dead body on the library floor. The plot's thickened by an isolating snowstorm, downed phone lines, the surprise arrival of Lettice and her reprehensible new hubby, and a steadily increasing corpse count. And it's Bernie who'll have to figure out whodunit . . . or die.

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User Review  - DaveWilde - LibraryThing

Block's eighth "Burglar" book is a tribute to the history of twentieth century mystery fiction and, in it, he pays homage to everyone from Agatha Christie to Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - jetangen4571 - LibraryThing

Bernie Rodenbarr, bed-and-breakfast, puntastic, snarkfest, murder, amateur sleuth I'm reading my way through the series in order this time and finding that I missed some. As always, this has me ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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.

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