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The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian

Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Series: Bernie Rhodenbarr, Book 5
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
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By day, Bernie Rhodenbarr runs a respectable used book store in New York City. But by night, he gets his kicks gaining illegal entry into the posh residences of the wealthy. In this wacky mystery, the incorrigible burglar pulls off a low-risk burglary, only to find himself up against an eccentric kidnapper with a taste for abstract Dutch art. When Bernie is offered the chance to appraise a Manhattan millionaire's private library, he jumps at the opportunity. After all, how often does he get a chance to check out the holdings of the rich and famous and get paid at the same time? But when he returns later to help himself to some plunder, he finds he's been framed for some very nasty crimes.

Named a Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America, best-selling author Lawrence Block has won almost every major mystery award, including three Edgar and four Shamus Awards. His action-packed plot and irresistible characters, dramatically performed by Richard Ferrone, make this audiobook an irresistible work of art.

©1993 Lawrence Block (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Jan
  • 31-01-2017

It's the bookseller!

Bernie Rhodenbarr, art fraud, art theft, murder investigation, suspense, amateur sleuth, snark-fest

Bernie has been cleverly framed for murder and art theft. There are more twists and turns in this case than a mountain road, but there is also a book full of hilarious situations and verbal humor. I'm glad that I decided to reread this one!
Richard Ferrone is excellent!

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  • Mark
  • 08-12-2019

I'd forgotten how much I like this series

Having already heard the previous editions I'd forgotten how much I like this series. Lawrence Block weaves irony and humour into his books while still managing to surprise you with the eventual outcome and Richard Ferrone's narration fits like a glove. With appearances from his lesbian, dog grooming sidekick and a slightly crooked NYC cop Bernie manages to extricate himself from felony charges while solving murder and art fraud mysteries and also winding up with the genuine painting plus others valuables for himself. This book joins the rest of the series in the top tier in my library.

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  • Susan Weaver
  • 10-07-2019

Brilliant!

Probably the cleverest and most complex of the series, both educational and fun. Well read by narrator

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  • Catherine L. Fithian
  • 04-01-2017

Excellent story

I've read this series and re-read them over the years and they never disappoint. This audio, however, is slightly disappointing for 2 reasons: it's not the author reading and the recorded chapter breaks are obviously from the old disc release and not modernised to have chapters breaking in the recording at each book chapter's end.

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  • P1969
  • 29-03-2013

Hardboiled Wit

I'm a fan of Lawrence Block so I don't mind that all Burglar novels are plotted to the same formula: burglary is arranged and executed, then something goes wrong (usually involving, or resulting in, a corpse), Bernie has to go underground for a while (often in the company of a lovely dame) and eventually solves it all. It's not as dark as Chandler or as violent as Hammett, but Block's New York is also full of bent cops and crooked middle-class people. Not much left of the credibility of the American dream. It's not really the plotting that's exciting but the wit of hard-boiled prose. It's the amiability of this slightly weather-beaten guy who's good at burglary, who is intelligent enough to entertain serious readers since he, too, reads, and whose best buddy is a lesbian with a dog-grooming parlour; all of these traits make for a companionable listening experience. The dialogue sparkles and the narration jogs along at a good pace. What's not to like? Richard Ferrone has exactly the right intonation and timbre to give Bernie the edge the prose demands. Really enjoyable.

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