The Burglar in the Rye (Bernie Rhodenbarr)

3.89 avg rating
( 1,738 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780060872892: The Burglar in the Rye (Bernie Rhodenbarr)

Gulliver Fairborn's novel, Nobody's Baby, changed Bernie Rhodenbarr's life. And now pretty Alice Cottrell, Fairborn's one-time paramour, wants the bookselling, book-loving burglar to break into a room in New York's teeth-achingly charming Paddington Hotel and purloin some of the writer's very personal letters before an unscrupulous agent can sell them. Here's an opportunity to use his unique talents in the service of the revered, famously reclusive author. But when Bernie gets there, the agent is dead . . . and Bernie's wanted for murder. (He really hates when that happens!)

Perhaps it's karmic payback; Bernie did help himself to a ruby necklace on his way out. (But it was lying there. And he is a burglar.) Now he's in even hotter water. And he'll need to use every trick in the book—maybe going so far as to entice the hermitic Fairborn himself out of seclusion—to bring this increasingly twisted plot to a satisfying denouement.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Lawrence Block is such a gifted writer that even a native New Yorker will be fooled into thinking that the Paddington Hotel, described in the opening pages of Burglar in the Rye, is a real institution. Block's descriptions of this enclave of artists, writers, and rock musicians is thoroughly convincing--although in actuality, the Paddington is a combination of the real-life Chelsea Hotel and Block's outrageous imagination.

This is Bernie Rhodenbarr's ninth heist. Bernie is a gentleman burglar who runs a used bookstore in between criminal acts, steals mostly from the rich, and only hurts people when it becomes absolutely necessary.

The Paddington is where Bernie goes to liberate the letters of a reclusive writer named Gulliver Fairborn from a literary agent. Fairborn's resemblance to J.D. Salinger and, of course, the fact that the woman who hired Bernie to steal the letters had an affair with Fairborn when she was a teenager, no doubt lend the book its title. But by the time Bernie gets to the Paddington, the agent has been shot, the letters already liberated--and a cop in the lobby recognizes our favorite burglar from a previous encounter.

Now all Bernie has to do is find out who else wanted those letters badly enough to kill for them. In typical Rhodenbarr tradition, the plot is less interesting than the trappings: the books Bernie reads, the fascinating objects he picks up along the way. The reader also learns about some mind-expanding facts, such as the existence of a tiny South American fish that swims up a man's urine stream and lodges in his private parts! Or did Block make that up, too?

Other Bernie picks include: The Burglar in the Closet, The Burglar in the Library, The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling, and The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza. --Dick Adler

From the Back Cover:

Bernie Rhodenbarr, bookseller by day, burglar by night, is on the prowl again. Pretty Alice Cottrell has hired him to infiltrate the crumbling old Paddington Hotel and steal back the letters of reclusive author Gulliver Fairborn from his once-upon-a-time agent, who now wishes to sell them at auction. Seems like an easy enough job, until Bernie discovers the letters missing -- and the agent dead in her bed. With the police only footsteps behind him, Bernie's got to make a fast escape or take the rap for a murder he didn't commit.

Only then does Bernie begin to wonder if he's been set up by a criminal -- one who is almost as clever as he is.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 7.99
US$ 7.48

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Lawrence Block
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2007)
ISBN 10: 0060872896 ISBN 13: 9780060872892
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 168 x 104 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Gulliver Fairborn s novel, Nobody s Baby, changed Bernie Rhodenbarr s life. And now pretty Alice Cottrell, Fairborn s one-time paramour, wants the bookselling, book-loving burglar to break into a room in New York s teeth-achingly charming Paddington Hotel and purloin some of the writer s very personal letters before an unscrupulous agent can sell them. Here s an opportunity to use his unique talents in the service of the revered, famously reclusive author. But when Bernie gets there, the agent is dead . . . and Bernie s wanted for murder. (He really hates when that happens!) Perhaps it s karmic payback; Bernie did help himself to a ruby necklace on his way out. (But it was lying there. And he is a burglar.) Now he s in even hotter water. And he ll need to use every trick in the book--maybe going so far as to entice the hermitic Fairborn himself out of seclusion--to bring this increasingly twisted plot to a satisfying denouement. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780060872892

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Lawrence Block
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2007)
ISBN 10: 0060872896 ISBN 13: 9780060872892
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 168 x 104 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Gulliver Fairborn s novel, Nobody s Baby, changed Bernie Rhodenbarr s life. And now pretty Alice Cottrell, Fairborn s one-time paramour, wants the bookselling, book-loving burglar to break into a room in New York s teeth-achingly charming Paddington Hotel and purloin some of the writer s very personal letters before an unscrupulous agent can sell them. Here s an opportunity to use his unique talents in the service of the revered, famously reclusive author. But when Bernie gets there, the agent is dead . . . and Bernie s wanted for murder. (He really hates when that happens!) Perhaps it s karmic payback; Bernie did help himself to a ruby necklace on his way out. (But it was lying there. And he is a burglar.) Now he s in even hotter water. And he ll need to use every trick in the book--maybe going so far as to entice the hermitic Fairborn himself out of seclusion--to bring this increasingly twisted plot to a satisfying denouement. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780060872892

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Lawrence Block
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2007)
ISBN 10: 0060872896 ISBN 13: 9780060872892
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 168 x 104 mm. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Gulliver Fairborn s novel, Nobody s Baby, changed Bernie Rhodenbarr s life. And now pretty Alice Cottrell, Fairborn s one-time paramour, wants the bookselling, book-loving burglar to break into a room in New York s teeth-achingly charming Paddington Hotel and purloin some of the writer s very personal letters before an unscrupulous agent can sell them. Here s an opportunity to use his unique talents in the service of the revered, famously reclusive author. But when Bernie gets there, the agent is dead . . . and Bernie s wanted for murder. (He really hates when that happens!) Perhaps it s karmic payback; Bernie did help himself to a ruby necklace on his way out. (But it was lying there. And he is a burglar.) Now he s in even hotter water. And he ll need to use every trick in the book--maybe going so far as to entice the hermitic Fairborn himself out of seclusion--to bring this increasingly twisted plot to a satisfying denouement. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780060872892

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Block, Lawrence
ISBN 10: 0060872896 ISBN 13: 9780060872892
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2007. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VC-9780060872892

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Lawrence Block
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0060872896 ISBN 13: 9780060872892
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0060872896

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 4.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Lawrence Block
ISBN 10: 0060872896 ISBN 13: 9780060872892
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800608728920000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Lawrence Block
Published by Bernie Rhodenbarr Mysteries (2007)
ISBN 10: 0060872896 ISBN 13: 9780060872892
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bernie Rhodenbarr Mysteries, 2007. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # TH9780060872892

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.23
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Block, Lawrence
Published by Harper
ISBN 10: 0060872896 ISBN 13: 9780060872892
New MASS MARKET PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0060872896 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2132270310

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Lawrence Block
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc
ISBN 10: 0060872896 ISBN 13: 9780060872892
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Burglar in the Rye, the, Lawrence Block, Gulliver Fairborn's novel, Nobody's Baby, changed Bernie Rhodenbarr's life. And now pretty Alice Cottrell, Fairborn's one-time paramour, wants the bookselling, book-loving burglar to break into a room in New York's teeth-achingly charming Paddington Hotel and purloin some of the writer's very personal letters before an unscrupulous agent can sell them. Here's an opportunity to use his unique talents in the service of the revered, famously reclusive author. But when Bernie gets there, the agent is dead . . . and Bernie's wanted for murder. (He really hates when that happens!)Perhaps it's karmic payback; Bernie did help himself to a ruby necklace on his way out. (But it was lying there. And he is a burglar.) Now he's in even hotter water. And he'll need to use every trick in the book--maybe going so far as to entice the hermitic Fairborn himself out of seclusion--to bring this increasingly twisted plot to a satisfying denouement. Bookseller Inventory # B9780060872892

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.84
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Block, Lawrence
Published by Harpercollins (2007)
ISBN 10: 0060872896 ISBN 13: 9780060872892
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. reprint edition. 321 pages. 6.75x4.50x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # z-0060872896

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.65
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book