By Lawrence Block
It truly is difficult to disregard a person together with his fingers on your mouth. Bernie Rhodenbarr's all ears while Dr. Sheldrake, his dentist, begins complaining approximately his detestable, soon-to-be-ex spouse, and occurs to say the dear diamonds she retains mendacity round the condominium. for the reason that Bernie's been identified to complement his source of revenue as a book place proprietor with the not-so-occasional bout of high-rise housebreaking, a few nights later he is within the Sheldrake condominium with larceny on his brain -- and has to duck right into a closet while the girl of the home makes an unforeseen front. regrettably he is nonetheless there while an unseen assailant does Mrs. Sheldrake in . . . after which vanishes with the jewels. Bernie's obtained to come back out of the closet it slow. but if he does, he will be dealing with a rap for a homicide he did not dedicate -- and for a housebreaking he definitely tried -- until he can seek out the killer who left him putting.