Lawrence Block's talent for creating colorful characters, sophisticated dialog, and engaging atmosphere has earned him many awards: the title of Grand Master, three Edgar Awards, four Shamus Awards, and a Nero Wolfe Award. One of his most popular series follows the adventures of the suave bookseller and crook, Bernie Rhodenbarr. Bernie's sweetheart has dumped him. But although his heart is broken, he hasn't lost his love for fine books-or for an occasional discrete burglary. So Bernie takes off for a snowy winter weekend at a country inn that just happens to have a rare, signed first edition of The Big Sleep in its library. It's not long, however, before Bernie's ex-girlfriend arrives with her new husband, a body is found in the library, and the book disappears. Bernie must sort out a tricky tangle of clues if he has any hope of nabbing the priceless edition for himself. Narrator Richard Ferrone captures Bernie's cool demeanor and his flair for perfect timing.
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by Lawrence Block
by Lawrence Schiffman
by Lawrence Sanders, Vincent Lardo
"Bernie Rhodenbarr is at it again. Dumped by his girlfriend, he decides to pursue a string of clues that may lead to a priceless volume by Raymond Chandler, supposedly hand-inscribed to Dashiell Hammett. With friend Caroline in tow, he lodges at a country house north of New York City just in time to be snowed in and trapped with a variety of eccentric characters. Murders ensue, and Bernie must secure the book and solve the crimes. Richard Ferrone's gravelly voice is wonderful in this setting: slightly cynical and wholly matter of fact; he might be Bernie himself as he delivers the first-person narrative. D.R.W. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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