The Burglar in the "/>


Lawrence Block, Author . Morrow $24.95 (293p) ISBN 978-0-06-019830-5

You'd think that Block, with more than 50 books to his credit, would run out of ideas, but as this 10th in his Burglar series shows (after 1999's The Burglar in the Rye ), he's as fresh, witty and inventive as ever. The author builds his plot on stupefying coincidences, but not to worry—everything eventually meshes. A friend asks Bernie Rhodenbarr, confirmed New Yorker, used-book dealer and gentleman burglar, to rob a mob-connected plastic surgeon who stole the friend's mistress. He agrees, and cases the doctor's house in Riverdale, the Bronx. But Bernie is restive and, uncharacteristically (because he plans carefully), he breaks into a Manhattan apartment on a whim and almost gets caught, hiding under the bed while a woman is date-raped. Next day a customer is shot near his bookstore, a mysterious émigré couple is murdered, a former Latvian war criminal is reported in New York and Bernie's apartment is ransacked. These crimes seem unrelated in such a large city, but Bernie finds a common thread. In the end, Bernie assembles 22 people (including lawmen) in the surgeon's living room and, Charlie Chan style, explains each participant's role and, where appropriate, crime. Lesser hands would not bring off this breathtaking performance, but in Block's it's seamless and hilarious. Quirky characters like Bernie's pals Carolyn Kaiser, the dog groomer, and cop Ray Kirschmann; an insider's love of New York; and a slew of wonderful puns add to the fun. (Mar. 16)

Forecast: MWA Grand Master Block recently received the British Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, only the third American to be so honored. A 100,000 printing and a 40-city author tour should ensure a run up most bestseller lists.

Reviewed on: 03/01/2004
Release date: 03/01/2004
Show other formats
Board Books - 320 pages - 978-1-84243-117-7
Ebook - 384 pages - 978-0-06-180669-8
Book - 978-0-06-058374-3
Paperback - 408 pages - 978-0-06-058979-0
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 384 pages - 978-0-06-058858-8
Open Ebook - 384 pages - 978-0-06-058860-1
Compact Disc - 978-0-7927-3202-0
Book - 978-0-7927-3200-6
Compact Disc - 978-0-7927-3201-3
Mass Market Paperbound - 384 pages - 978-0-06-103098-7
Ebook - 384 pages - 978-0-06-115565-9
Book - 978-0-06-081400-7
Book - 978-0-06-078317-4
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-7927-4399-6
Hardcover - 288 pages - 978-1-84243-104-7
Hardcover - 318 pages - 978-1-84243-122-1
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.