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Lawrence Block's talent for creating colorful characters, sophisticated dialog, and engaging atmosphere has earned him many awards: the title of Grand Master, three Edgar Awards, four Shamus Awards, and a Nero Wolfe Award. One of his most popular series follows the adventures of the suave bookseller and crook, Bernie Rhodenbarr. Bernie's sweetheart has dumped him. But although his heart is broken, he hasn't lost his love for fine books - or for an occasional discrete burglary. So Bernie takes off for a snowy winter weekend at a country inn that just happens to have a rare, signed first edition of The Big Sleep in its library. It's not long, however, before Bernie's ex-girlfriend arrives with her new husband, a body is found in the library, and the book disappears. Bernie must sort out a tricky tangle of clues if he has any hope of nabbing the priceless edition for himself. Narrator Richard Ferrone captures Bernie's cool demeanor and his flair for perfect timing.
©1999 Lawrence Block; (P)2000 Recorded Books LLC
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By Jan on 02-14-17

She forgot to tell him she was getting married?!

Bernie Rodenbarr, bed-and-breakfast, puntastic, snarkfest, murder, amateur sleuth

I'm reading my way through the series in order this time and finding that I missed some. As always, this has me giggling and snurfling my way through the book. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers, but there is so much more to the fun and mayhem. Simple adjustments for inflation and telecommunications make this a timely tale instead of a historical one,so locate a copy and enjoy!
Once again Richard Ferrone gives an excellent tongue in cheek interpretation of the characters and their awful puns and snarks!

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By Magda on 07-15-15

Love that burglar

Always terrific stories. bernie is great and Richard Ferrone is an exceptional generator.
Please give us more Bernie

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By I. D. Hall-white on 05-31-17

BRillint writing .... mystery, humour and feeling

Everybody should listen to and/or read awrence Block especially if you know and love NYC

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