©1979 Lawrence Block; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC
I'm a big fan of the Bernie mysteries. They're kind of light - due to the relaxed, friendly persona of the protagonist; but always well written, with great meandering dialogue, and cleverly researched themes.
I'd contradict another reviewer who called this series 'samey'. Yes, they are about a burglar who gets involved in murder mysteries, so they're as samey as any other serial mystery character. It's the well explored theme of each story that separates the books, for example the work of Kipling is explored here in a very interesting way. And the husky noir-ish voiced narrator is excellent.
"How about something new"
Bernie steals, Bernie finds dead body (or not but it's there) rest of book Bernie evades cops and murder charge then wala Bernie proves he didn't really kill anybody oh and the cop pockets some cash....REALLY getting old.
Remember that dead horse?
"How does Bernie do it?"
I don't think that I have read this one before, but I'm glad that I caught up with it now. It is somewhat more convoluted than some of the others. I often find it worth a giggle or two to see how far communications and inflation have come since the book was written. The story involves double crossing, double dealing, some godawful poetry, and a mink coat.
Richard Ferrone continues to be marvelous as Bernie Rhodenbarr.
"Bernie the best"
The characters are wonderfully realized by Mr Block in one the best books in a great series. Mr Ferrone's reading brings the characters to life: he's a very good reader.
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