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The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza (Bernie Rhodenbarr) Mass Market Paperback – July 25, 2006
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About the Author
Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.
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Top Customer Reviews
So much for explaining the concept of the series. The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza is the fourth book in the series. I strongly suggest that you begin the series by reading Burglars Can't Be Choosers and follow it up with The Burglar in the Closet and The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling. Each story in the series adds information and characters in a way that will reduce your pleasure of the others if read out of order. Although, I originally read them out of order and liked them well enough. I'm rereading them now in order, and like it much better this way. The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian comes next in the series.Read more ›
When Bernie arrives at the Colcannon place, he quickly realizes that a peer has already been there. Still, Bernie finds a few interesting items, including a 1913 V-nickel, which he takes to his fence Abel Crowe to appraise. Abel values the rare coin at $500K and willingly accepts it because Bernie is a pal who gives him philosophy books. However, everything falls apart by the next day when the cops come to accuse Bernie of murdering Wanda and Abel, and stealing the rare coin, which has been re-heisted. Bernie knows he has been set up and only he, with the help of Spinoza, can clear his name of the murder charges.
THE BURGLAR WHO STUDIED SPINOZA is a reprint of the fourth novel in the Rhodenbarr series which is now up to eight. Even after a dozen years (think Reagan), the story line remains remarkably refreshing as it highlights Bernie's best (and worst) traits and showcases the City at its most intriguing and frustrating self. Lawrence Block may have been at the top of his game with this wisecracking, absolutely fun tale about a professional thief turned sleuth who seems to spend a lot of time clearing his name from a couple of murder raps.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bernie Rhodenbarr the book seller and burglar is back with a cast of two murders and a 1913 V nickle. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J.C.D.
I enjoy all of the Rhodenbarr stories. The characters are well developed and there is humor and mystery throughout.Published 5 months ago by sroc
I like the character and the writing is entertaining but the plots in the series tend to be predictablePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Blocks characters are well defined and consistent from book to book. If you like the character, nothing seems to distract from enjoying the book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Bernie is semi retired from burglary but still willing to do a job to supplement his used bookstore and more then willing to bring his best friend along for an easy job. Read morePublished 10 months ago by themadlibrarian
I've read Lawrence Block for many years and the Bernie Rhodenbar series (The Burglar Who ...) is by far my favorite, especially as the series has matured - BR acquired the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Van Gogh
Good step in the progress of Bernie Rhodenbarr from a career as a burglar to a career as a bookshop owner who retains his burglary hobby. Read morePublished 16 months ago by SA
It's a book another family member reads and loves this author. But this is a very honest seller and the book arrived within the week! HIGHLY RECOMEND!!Published 17 months ago by Jill