The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza

The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza

eBook - 2006
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Bookselling burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr doesn't generally get philosophical about his criminal career. He's good at it, it's addictively exciting -- and it pays a whole lot better than pushing old tomes. He steals therefore he is, period. He might well ponder, however, the deeper meaning of events at the luxurious Chelsea brownstone of Herb and Wanda Colcannon, which is apparently burgled three times on the night Bernie breaks in: once before his visit and once after. Fortunately he still manages to lift some fair jewelry and an extremely valuable coin. Unfortunately burglar or burglars number three leave Herb unconscious and Wanda dead . . . and the cops think Rhodenbarr dunnit. There's no time to get all existential about it -- especially after the coin vanishes and the fence fencing it meets with a most severe end. But Bernie is going to have to do some deep thinking to find a way out of this homicidal conundrum.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780061196249
006119624X
9780061196232
0061196231
Summary: Bookselling burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr doesn't generally get philosophical about his criminal career. He's good at it, it's addictively exciting -- and it pays a whole lot better than pushing old tomes. He steals therefore he is, period. He might well ponder, however, the deeper meaning of events at the luxurious Chelsea brownstone of Herb and Wanda Colcannon, which is apparently burgled three times on the night Bernie breaks in: once before his visit and once after. Fortunately he still manages to lift some fair jewelry and an extremely valuable coin. Unfortunately burglar or burglars number three leave Herb unconscious and Wanda dead . . . and the cops think Rhodenbarr dunnit. There's no time to get all existential about it -- especially after the coin vanishes and the fence fencing it meets with a most severe end. But Bernie is going to have to do some deep thinking to find a way out of this homicidal conundrum.

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mammothhawk229e
Aug 10, 2018

Ah, Lawrence Block. You confound me on breaking the standard mystery formula. Anti-hero breaks a few rules by saying I have a problem at a neutral, but holy site & gets away with it.

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bookpusher
Jul 17, 2017

The library's description of this book is quite wrong! It's about Bernie Rhodenbarr, a bookstore owner and a thief with a conscience! lol...anyway, something about the writing really keeps my interest! These stories aren't super exciting, but they are good for a few out loud chuckles and they are good mysteries! I enjoy this series!

B2K2rEaD Nov 02, 2012

Another Bernie gem.
Some unusual twists but very good reading

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bookpusher
Jul 17, 2017

Other: The library's description of this book is completely wrong!

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