In this first in a series of wickedly funny mysteries, best-selling author Lawrence Block introduces Bernie Rhodenbarr, sometimes burglar, sometimes sleuth. Pulling only an occasional, very discreet job, Bernie manages to maintain his comfortable New York City apartment and keep his unorthodox vocation a closely-guarded secret. Every burglar knows never to trust anonymous phone calls. But when the caller offers easy money for an hour's work, Bernie can't ignore the job. All he has to do is find a blue box in an empty apartment. But the valuable box is nowhere to be found. The occupant is, however-and he's dead. Suddenly Bernie finds himself the object of a massive man hunt, wanted for both theft and murder. Winner of multiple Edgar and Shamus Awards, Lawrence Block crafts clever plots with characters you wish you could have over for drinks. But stop to count the silver afterwards. You'll find yourself laughing out loud as gravelly-voiced narrator Richard Ferrone brings sticky-fingered Bernie to life.
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by Lawrence Block
by Lawrence Schiffman
by Lawrence Sanders, Vincent Lardo
"Bernie Rhodenbarr is a crook who limits his criminal enterprise to burglary--carried out to high ethical standards. In BURGLARS CAN'T BE CHOOSERS, Bernie is offered five large ones for a one-hour job that's a sure thing. All goes well until the victim turns up dead and Bernie is wanted for murder. Narrator Richard Ferrone adjusts his gravelly voice to match Bernie's "nice crook" persona. The story quickly engages listeners but bogs down as the plot thickens, finally closing with Bernie connecting all of the dots and fingering the real killer. Ferrone's delivery has a spark that complements Bernie's clever powers of deduction. Ferrone carries the day with his smooth and steady delivery, laced with just the right touches of humor and vocal variety. T.J.M. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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