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Popular author Lawrence Block creates the wild and wonderful world of Bernie Rhodenbarr: fine, upstanding citizen by day, and crafty burglar by night. In this hilarious whodunit, Bernie does a favor for his dentist, only to discover mixing his personal and professional lives can be hazardous to his well-being. As Bernie squirms in the dental chair, Dr. Sheldrake presents a business proposition. He wants Bernie to rob his estranged wife's apartment while she's out enjoying the New York City nightlife. Bernie would get her fabulous collection of jewels, and Dr. Sheldrake would only take 20% of the profits. The plan sounds foolproof, so why has Bernie found himself locked in Mrs. Sheldrake's closet? Winner of three Edgar and four Shamus Awards, Lawrence Block creates plots that twist around every corner and packs them with fun-loving characters. You'll want the quirky Bernie and his companions for your very own friends, as gravelly-voiced narrator Richard Ferrone brings them vividly to life.
©1978 Lawrence Block (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Jan
  • United States
  • 07-14-15

Another light-hearted winner!

Who but Mrs. Rodenbarr's son Bernard could find himself in such a fix and end up pulling the rabbit out of his hat to the amusement of New York's finest? Well done, Lawrence Block and the imperturbable Richard Ferrone!

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The perfect title

Fun story, nice twists and turns and since it is read by one of my favorite narrators.
Well you can't ask for more on slant weekend.
VERY entertaining too!

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love this series

I wish there were more in this series with Block and Ferrone

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  • Ms. S. Iliffe
  • 08-04-17

Mystery keeps you guessing

Very much a piece if it's own time, written and set in the mid-70s, this is still a good pacey story with a good whodunnit plot. Bernie is a likeable POV character and Richard Ferrone brings him to life with excellent narration.