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The Burglar in the Library (Bernie Rhodenbarr Mysteries)by Lawrence Block
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Bookseller and New-Yorker-to-the-bone, Bernie Rhodenbarr rarely ventures out of Manhattan, but he's excited about the romantic getaway he has planned for himself and current lady love Lettice at the Cuttleford House, a remote upstate b&b. Unfortunately, Lettice has a prior engagement—she's getting married . . . and not to Bernie—so he decides to take best buddy Carolyn instead. A restful respite from the big city's bustle would be too good to waste. Besides, there's a very valuable first edition shelved in the Cuttleford's library that Bernie's just itching to get his hands on. Did we neglect to mention that Bernie's a burglar?
But first he's got to get around a very dead body on the library floor. The plot's thickened by an isolating snowstorm, downed phone lines, the surprise arrival of Lettice and her reprehensible new hubby, and a steadily increasing corpse count. And it's Bernie who'll have to figure out whodunit . . . or die.
Bernie Rhodenbarr, burglar extraordinaire and bookseller ordinaire, has left New York City to spend a wintry weekend at a cozy New England inn famed for its rare books. And there is no book rarer than the one tucked away in the Cuttleford House library: a first edition of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, inscribed to Dashiell Hammett. For Bernie, an irresistible treasure is only a light finger away. That's before a dead body turns up in the library... before Bernie's two-timing girlfriend arrives with her new husband... and before a sudden storm leaves everyone snowbound. Then - lo and behold - the book disappears. That's when Bernie decides to make his move. Because for Bernie Rhodenbarr, finding the priceless volume is second only to finding a killer who may be a thief.
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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