Characters > Bernie Rhodenbarr

Bernie Rhodenbarr is a personable chap, a good neighbor, a passable poker player. His chosen profession, however, might not sit well with some. Bernie is a burglar, a good one, effortlessly lifting valuables from the not-so-well-protected abodes of well-to-do New Yorkers like a modern-day Robin Hood. The poor, as Bernie would be the first to tell you, alas, have nothing worth stealing.

Bernie Rhodenbarr has gone legit -- almost -- as the new owner of a used bookstore in New York's Greenwich Village. Of course, dusty old tomes don't always turn a profit, so to make ends meet, Bernie's forced, on occasion, to indulge in his previous occupation: burglary. Besides which, he likes it.

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    Burglars Can't Be Choosers by Lawrence Block

He's not perfect, however; he occasionally makes mistakes. Like accepting a paid assignment from a total stranger to retrieve a particular item from a rich man's apartment. Like still being there when the cops arrive. Like having a freshly slain corpse lying in the next room, and no proof that Bernie isn't the killer. Now he's really got his hands full, having to locate the true perpetrator while somehow eluding the police -- a dirty job indeed, but if Bernie doesn't do it, who will?

Year: 1977
Genre: Crime Fiction

    The Burglar in the Closet by Lawrence Block

Bernie Rhodenbarr's all ears when Dr. Sheldrake, his dentist, starts complaining about his detestable, soon-to-be-ex wife, and happens to mention the valuable diamonds she keeps lying around the apartment. Since Bernie's been known to supplement his income as a bookstore owner with the not-so-occasional bout of high-rise burglary, a couple of nights later he's in the Sheldrake apartment with larceny on his mind -- and has to duck into a closet when the lady of the house makes an unexpected entrance.

Year: 1978
Genre: Crime Fiction

    The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling by Lawrence Block

Now a collector is offering Bernie an opportunity to combine his twin passions by stealing a very rare and very bad book-length poem from a rich man's library. The heist goes off without a hitch. The delivery of the ill-gotten volume, however, is a different story.

Year: 1979
Genre: Crime Fiction

    The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza by Lawrence Block

They came to rob the Colcannons' West Side brownstone while the couple was out of town having their own personal burglar alarm - a Bouvier named Astrid - bred. But when Bernie and Carolyn break in they discover that they've already been beaten to the punch.

Year: 1980
Genre: Crime Fiction

    The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian by Lawrence Block

Since his 1977 debut, Bernie Rhodenbarr has won the devotion of an ever-increasing international audience. The lighthearted and light-fingered fellow, whose talents as a detective get him out of the trouble his burglar skills get him into, wins readers' hearts and minds as he goes along. THE BURGLAR WHO PAINTED LIKE MONDRIAN is his fifth adventure.

Year: 1983
Genre: Crime Fiction

    The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams by Lawrence Block

By chance, or so it seems, Bernie discovers a West Side apartment whose occupants are in Europe, slips inside with his usual finesse, lifts a large sum of untraceable cash with his usual aplomb, and spots a naked dead man in the bathtub. Now, across town another burglary has taken place - at Stoppelgard's brother-in-law's apartment - and what's missing is a million-dollar baseball card collection. Somehow Bernie's been blamed (read: framed) for that crime.

Year: 1994
Genre: Comic MysteryCrime Fiction

    The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart by Lawrence Block

Bookseller Bernie Rhodenbarr's in love--with an exotic Eastern European beauty who shares his obsession with Humphrey Bogart movies. He's in heaven, munching popcorn with his new amour every night at a Bogart Film Festival--until their Casablanca-esque idyll is cut short by his other secret passion: burglary.

Year: 1995
Genre: Comic MysteryCrime Fiction

    The Burglar in the Library by Lawrence Block

As a bookseller, Bernie's always in search of a valuable edition, and this time he believes he's found it. And it's somewhere in Cuttleford House's largely ignored library. During his nightly prowl, Bernie finds unexpected company in the way of a corpse. The next morning everyone else find the body, too.

Year: 1997
Genre: Comic MysteryCrime Fiction

    The Burglar in the Rye by Lawrence Block

Gulliver Fairborn's novel, Nobody's Baby, changed Bernie Rhodenbarr's life. And now pretty Alice Cottrell, Fairborn's one-time paramour, wants the bookselling, book-loving burglar to break into a room in New York's teeth-achingly charming Paddington Hotel and purloin some of the writer's very personal letters before an unscrupulous agent can sell them.

Year: 1999
Genre: Comic MysteryCrime Fiction

    The Burglar on the Prowl by Lawrence Block

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.

Year: 2004
Genre: Comic Mystery


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Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1977Burglars Can't Be Choosers by Lawrence Block Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1978The Burglar in the Closet by Lawrence Block Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1979The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling by Lawrence Block Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1980The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza by Lawrence Block Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1983The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian by Lawrence Block Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1994The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams by Lawrence Block Comic Mystery, Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1995The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart by Lawrence Block Comic Mystery, Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1997The Burglar in the Library by Lawrence Block Comic Mystery, Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1999The Burglar in the Rye by Lawrence Block Comic Mystery, Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
2004The Burglar on the Prowl by Lawrence Block Comic Mystery, Bernie Rhodenbarr
2013The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons by Lawrence Block Comic Mystery, Bernie Rhodenbarr

 

 

 


 

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