By Lawrence Block
Bernie Rhodenbarr has long past reliable -- nearly -- because the new proprietor of a used bookstall in New York's Greenwich Village. after all, dusty previous tomes do not consistently flip a revenue, so that you could make ends meet, Bernie's pressured, every so often, to bask in his past career: housebreaking. along with which, he likes it.
Now a collector is delivering Bernie a chance to mix his dual passions by means of stealing a truly infrequent and extremely undesirable book-length poem from a wealthy man's library.
The heist is going off and not using a hitch. The supply of the ill-gotten quantity, despite the fact that, is a distinct tale. Drugged by way of the client's woman go-between, Bernie wakes up in her condo to discover the publication long gone, the woman lifeless, a smoking gun in his hand, and the police officers on the door. And without warning he is received to extricate himself from a slightly sticky real-life homicide secret and discover a killer -- ahead of he is booked for homicide One.