Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Block returns with one of his most inspired and popular characters: the extraordinary Bernie Rhodenbarr.
Sophisticated yet down-to-earth, philosophical yet practical, Bernie is a gentleman who knows and loves his territory, the gloriously diverse and electric streets of Manhattan. He is minding his own business when he's asked for a favor -- a neat, uncomplicated bit of vengeful larceny that will reap a tidy profit -- an offer the intrepid thief can't refuse.
But with a few days to go before the crime, Bernie gets restless. So what does a burglar do to change his mood? Go on the prowl, of course. This bit of prowling lands Bernie in a pile of trouble that includes four murders and the burglary of his own home. Caught in the center of a deadly mystery, Bernie must use his wits and wiles to connect the dots and add up the coincidences. Because if he doesn't catch a killer, he'll lose not only his freedom but his life....Continua
Yesterday evening after work, I finished the last 7 chapters of the latest Burglar. It was such an establishment! Bernie is not like Scudder who would make you think of life and all the stuffs happen in life, but it’s always fun to read Bernie. I can’t quite recall when was the last time I read a Bernie; I’m pretty sure it’s more than 3 years ago. Therefore, I wasn’t sure if it is his style to “I suppose you’re wondering why I summoned you all here…”, like some high school kid’s “In my grandpa’s name, I will find the killer.”
It started out slow but page by page, I found myslef not able to put the book down until I was really starving. The story was intriguing, delicately interwove with all the seemingly unrelated characters, including a starwannabe, a plastic surgeon, 2 lawyers, a paralegal, mafia, second hand book store owner/burglar and etc. In the story, Block managed to use a whole bunch of coincidences and justified it with “the long arm of coincidence”. There’s nothing wrong with coincidence. Coincidence happens, or people wouldn’t create the word in the first place. And I wasn’t annoyed by the frequency of coincidences. Still, I like Matt Scudder series better. If you’re like me, prefer a better human touch in everything you read/watch, you should definitely try Lawrence Block’s Scudder....Continua