The Burglar in Short Order

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In The Burglar in Short Order, readers will meet their newest favorite New York City burglar (I didn’t think I’d ever be saying that!). Lawrence Block has been writing short stories and novels about burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr for four decades now. You can find the stories included in this volume in magazines such as Playboy and Cosmopolitan, and one as a movie starring Whoopi Goldberg!

Most of the stories in this book are chapters from individual books told from Bernie’s point of view, with additional essays included by Block about his experiences writing the stories. Bernie runs a bookstore by day but is a burglar by night. The reader will enjoy learning about his adventures at night and the people he comes to befriend in his line of work.

I thought the book was enjoyable and unlike most that I’ve read. Reading and comparing Block’s first story from 1977 to his most recent shows that his writing is still as enjoyable as it always was, but the material is updated. It is fun to read about a comical and realistic burglar, as those are few and far between. Future writings from Block will be a must, most definitely if they include Bernie Rhodenbarr.

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Author Lawrence Block
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 144 pages
Publisher Subterranean Press
Publish Date 2020-02-29
ISBN 9781596069572 Buy this Book
Issue July 2020
Category Mystery, Crime, Thriller


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