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This is a great idea for a different slant on mystery protagonists. It's not every story that you find yourself on the side of the burglar, so I found this book very refreshing indeed. Bernie commits crimes as a living does essentially a reprehensible job, but you can't help but like the guy. And as an investigator he's not too bad either. This is a very good mystery that has certainly prompted me to read other books in the series.
So much for explaining the concept of the series. Burglars Can't Be Choosers is the first book in the series. I strongly suggest that you begin the series by reading this one. 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.Read more ›
Buy the rest too. All nine Bernie Rhodenbarr series (including the newly-released Burglar in Library novel). Lawrence Block is at his greatest and most humorous here. You'll not regret it. Makes for a perfect companion gift too!
The first book in Lawrence Block's Burglar series is actually the second one I read. I picked up the Burglar in the Closet, the next book, thinking it was the first, and was a little ways in before I realized my mistake. But that book was good enough that I wanted to come back and read the original book that introduces Bernie Rhodenbarr.
This book has the same lighthearted attitude. It definitely doesn't take itself too seriously which is probably a good thing since the hero is a "bad guy" in most people's eyes. The mystery isn't your typical detective style. Rather, it is a mystery that must be solved to get Bernie out of the hot water that he shouldn't be in. Well, mostly shouldn't be in. He is still a thief.
Block does nice job of introducing and developing characters. Nothing seems too cliché, which is refreshing. And for the most part, the story is plausible. Where it lost me a bit is at the end when explanations are given. The coincidences are too, um, coincidental. As Block rounded out the novel, I felt as though some things were too much of a stretch and this lessened the surprise. He redeemed himself a bit as the explanation expanded but it was still a bit of a letdown compared with how the book had been going.
Overall, a very good, easy read. Eventually, I'll pick up the third book to read and see if I want to keep going.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great series! See my comments on "The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams" - they pretty much apply to this whole series.Published 1 month ago by Fresno reader
LOVE Lawrence Block's books. Mystery with humor. The Bernie Rhodenbarr, Chip Harrison, and Keller series are easily my favorites.... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amity
I made myself finish it because I paid for it. It wasn't that bad but it wasn't the kind of story I prefer.Published 3 months ago by Pebble K.
This book is a winning effort by established author, Lawrence Block. This is the first of a very original series featuring, the unlikely hero. Bernie Rhodenbarr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barbara Blythe
Odd to want the bad guy to be your main character but well written. witty banter is enjoyable and funny. Didn't see it coming and lots of twists. I will read it again.Published 6 months ago by Heather W
Readers wanting to follow the exploits of a bad-boy lead character usually have to choose between hit men, fixers, or other hard cases who generally seek to solve problems through... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lance Charnes
All the books in this series are terrific! The character has a great sense of humor and the plots are always amusing.Published 10 months ago by Linda E.
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Hi Pauly. Well all reading are personal choices. But I recommend the series to anyone who enjoys light, comic, mysteries. Block is a fine writer and he's pretty funny too. Some people can't get past the main character being a thief but I don't dwell on that (besides he's often stealing from... Read More
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