Bernie Rhodenbarr

November 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Haven’t heard of Bernie? He’s a fictional character created by Lawrence Block. I LOVE Bernie! He’s witty, creative, owns a bookstore, and in his spare time, he picks locks. He makes me laugh. I know it’s wrong to be a crook, but he’s such a likeable character. And after reading his books, you’ll be looking for a Poulard lock.

Don’t really like to read? Try this series of books that began in 1977 and every now and then, another one appears. I actually met Mr. Block when he came to the library where I work, back when he was on tour promoting The Burglar on the Prowl.

1. Burglars Can’t Be Choosers (1977)
2. The Burglar in the Closet (1978)
3. The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (1979)
4. The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza (1980)
5. The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian (1983)
6. The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams (1994)
7. The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart (1995)
8. The Burglar in the Library (1997)
9. The Burglar in the Rye (1999)
10. The Burglar on the Prowl (2004)
11. The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons (2013)

Besides Bernie, there’s a colorful cast of characters like Carolyn Kaiser, his best pal and sometimes helpmate in his crimes, Ray Kirschmann, a somewhat bumbling detective (think Joe Pesci), and his pet cat Raffles, who doesn’t really say anything, but has an attitude just the same.

I really enjoy the books and so does my other half. I just hope Mr. Block keeps turning them out! Grab a book and a glass of single malt Scotch whiskey and get ready to smile!

More on Lawrence Block, who also writes about a lot of other characters.


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