A philosophical yet practical gentleman, Bernie Rhodenbarr possesses many admirable qualities: charm, intelligence, sparkling wit, and unwavering loyalty. Of course, he also has this special talent and a taste for life's finer things. So he's more than willing to perform some vengeful larceny for a friend -- ripping off a smarmy, particularly deserving plastic surgeon -- for fun and a very tidy profit.
But during a practice run at another address, Bernie's forced to hide under a bed when the lady of the house returns unexpectedly with the worst kind of blind date in tow. In no time, Bernie's up to his burgling neck in big trouble. Again. And this time it includes his arrest, no less than four murders, and more outrageous coincidences than any self-preserving felon should ever be required to tie together....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