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by Lawrence Block

A new mystery in the Bernie Rhodenbarr "Burglar" series finds Bernie in trouble financially and out on one last caper, during which he discovers a nude body and is suspected of stealing a valuable baseball card collection. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.
Download The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams: A Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery epub
ISBN: 0525938079
ISBN13: 978-0525938071
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Lawrence Block
Language: English
Publisher: A Dutton Book; 1st edition (May 1, 1994)
Pages: 258 pages
ePUB size: 1113 kb
FB2 size: 1222 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 647
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This is my first encounter with Lawrence Block, and Bernie Rohdenbarr's light-hearted feloniousness is a treat. He's the burglar. From the volume of Mr. Block's output, I should remain entertained for some time. My only quibble with "Ted Williams" is that my simple mind just couldn't follow all the twists and turns Bernie guided us through in the final everyone-gathered-in-the-library scene. Next time I'll bring a notebook. Be prepared to fall in love with the other characters, too: Carolyn, his lesbian and therefore platonic girlfriend and foil; Ray Kirschman, a mildly corrupt cop who wearily arrests Bernie from time to time; and Raffles, the cat/employee at Bernie's bookstore, who appears here for the first time, a gift from Carolyn. She gives him to Bernie to avoid becoming a Three-Cat Woman. If this is not entirely clear, read the book and be edified.
Bernie Rhodenbarr is the burglar turned antiquarian bookseller who always seems to get himself into the middle of trouble. This time his troubles are bad. He's about to lose his bookstore because the new landlord is increasing his rent to over 12 times what he currently pays. But Bernie wants to keep the store. He considers burgling an apartment, but decides not to and, of course, the apartment owner discovers his priceless baseball card collection missing after a night out at the theater. Bernie gets blamed as he got very drunk in order to keep from burgling the apartment. How Bernie solves the crime and saves his bookstore all at the same time is a pleasure to read. The laughs along the way just make the journey that much better.

Better than popcorn at a movie, and at least as addictive as the popcorn. You won't want to put this book down.
Bernie has got to be the most sympathetic "bad guy" ever written. Well, Keller can be pretty likable too - Lawrence Block is a master at writing "criminal" protagonists who are relatable, funny, intelligent, and (mostly) uncatchable. This is one of the best in this series. The pacing and repartee are first-rate, and the humor just keeps coming, but often very subtly - he never knocks you over the head with it.
I always love Mr. Block's writing. Have read his material since I found it back in the 90's. I don't know how to describe it. It takes me away from my problems. I love that. I read all of his books over and over, along with my other favorite authors.
A visit with Bernie is always fun. This one follows the usual formula with Bernie being caught up in a homicide, Ray trying to put Bernie away if they can't figure out some way to make money on it, etc. There's a lot of dialogue in this one, and it all sparkles. You can almost feel how much fun Block had writing it. Highly recommended.
I like Lawrence Block immensely and Bernie is a favorite even if he is a burglar. This one is not one of my favorites. However, I still enjoy Bernie's exploits and cannot say anything negative about this novel. Block has continuously written good plots, great characters and witticisms that leave me laughing all the way to the end! Just so happens some of his efforts are better than others.
This is the third book in the Bernie Rhodenbar series that I have read. The characters all come to life and the humor is great. So of the one liners are priceless. The climax comes in a scene that would not have been out of place in "the Mentalist". I have already started the next one and can't put that down either.
A good read. I've read all the books in the Bernie Rhodenbarr series. This one had twists after twists, that leaves you a little dizzy at the end. Not the best in the series, but still a very fun read.