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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (March 4 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060198303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060198305
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,927,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
Everything Block writes is worth reading, but this is more for the cozy reader. It's a little talky. The plot appears to meander. Only at the end do we see how complex it all is. There are bows to genre which are conventional to the point of spoofy irony--locked room problems, mystification, misdirection, McGuffins, and a resolution before the assembled dramatis personae. That resolution is complex to the point of tedium. It's all done with a great light touch and fully displays Block's skills and powers, but readers whose tastes run to the harder boiled should be warned that this may not be to their liking.
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This was my first ever Lawrence Block book and it certainly wont be the last! Its was fun, funny and easy to read. I loved the cast of charactors and Bernie would now be my favourite hero
Cant wait to get my hands on more of this series!!
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After the successful stylistic experiments of the last couple of Bernie Rhodenbarr novels, THE BURGLAR ON THE PROWL is a return to the earlier form of the series. It's a bit darker than the others -- some reviewers have complained that a fairly graphic rape scene stops the book cold, although I disagree -- but it's a typically solid Bernie yarn.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 15 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you haven't met Lawrence Block's busy bookselling burglar, Bernie Rhodenbarr, you have ten treats ahead of you that include The Burglar on the Prowl. Bernie's addicted to burgling. He loves the feeling of being in someone else's place when they are not there, and he adores the loot that he lifts. But he has a conscience. He remembers being burgled himself, and avoids taking items of sentimental value to the owners. If he sees a wrong, he'll do what it takes to right it . . . even if there's nothing in it for old Bernie.
Although it's usually best to start at the beginning of a series (in this case with Burglars Can't Be Choosers), Mr. Block does a good job of providing background in this story so you could begin with this one without losing very much enjoyment.
The Burglar on the Prowl starts off innocently enough. Old friend Marty Gilmartin (the owner of the baseball cards that were stolen in The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams) has a bone to pick with a fellow roué, plastic surgeon Crandall Rountree Mapes, who has seduced and alienated the affections of his girl friend. Never mind that both Gilmartin and Mapes are both married. Gilmartin wants vengeance. Gilmartin tells Bernie that Mapes keeps lots of cash in a wall safe at home and gives Bernie the address. Gilmartin is even willing to give up his usual finder's fee if Bernie will lift the loot.
Bernie dutifully cases the joint, sees a way to pull off the caper, and heads home to watch Law and Order on television. Feeling twitchy, he decides to go out again. That impulse to go on the prowl sets off an incredible set of events that reverberate throughout the novel. After a lot of pondering, he decides he wants to burgle a brownstone . . . and wanders around until he finds one that calls out to him.
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Format: Hardcover
It's strange to read books with criminals as the protagonists. In the real world you read about these guys in the paper or you come home to find yourself a victim of their handiwork and you rage "these people must be stopped". But put them in a fictional story and make them decent people apart from the burglary thing and you find yourself rooting for them, hoping they get away with it. This is my experience when reading the Burglar books, at least.
Lawrence Block is probably best known for his hardboiled Matt Scudder series, a P.I. series featuring the deeply troubled alcoholic as he fights his way through life. The Burglar series is a much lighter series and this book, THE BURGLAR ON THE PROWL is the 10th in the series. The series features Bernie Rhodenbarr, a bookstore owner who moonlights as a professional burglar.
Bernie is asked by a friend to burgle the home of a plastic surgeon as a favour for stealing his girlfriend. He's looking for a form of revenge and the fact that the surgeon has a safe filled with cash sweetens the deal. Springing from this plot come a rather unusual chain of events, murders, robberies and the like, that are unrelated at first glance but closer inspection reveals that the country of Latvia is making a disturbing number of appearances. It seems that no matter which way Bernie moves, he either meets someone from Latvia or Latvia is brought up in conversation. It really becomes a head scratcher that is as amusing as it is perplexing.
Although Bernie outlines the rules that a burglar must adhere to if he wants to stay out of trouble, but while waiting to pull off the plastic surgeon job he can't help but break one of those rules putting it down to restlessness.
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Format: Hardcover
I've been reading Block's books for 25 years, starting with The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep, and while I am an avowed fan of the author, am also able to admit that some of his offerings have been far from top-notch.
This book, however, is first-rate fun. An entertaining and breezy mystery with quirky characters, superb burgling, and a size that's just right for the content. Block is rarely guilty of over-writing, and like Elmore Leonard, writes great dialogue that moves the story along.
The story here is the weak element. While the plot is joyful and interesting, the sheer number of coincidences that play such an important part in the story become a bit much after a while. The conclusion of the book fails to bring all the salient elements together, and to his credit Block's protagonist admits as much. I have a feeling Block wrote himself into a corner and sort of crapped out on the ending.
You know what? I didn't care. I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of humor.
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