The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart

The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart Bookseller Bernie Rhodenbarr s in love with an exotic Eastern European beauty who shares his obsession with Humphrey Bogart movies He s in heaven munching popcorn with his new amour every night at a

  • Title: The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart
  • Author: Lawrence Block
  • ISBN: 9780060872793
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bookseller Bernie Rhodenbarr s in love with an exotic Eastern European beauty who shares his obsession with Humphrey Bogart movies He s in heaven, munching popcorn with his new amour every night at a Bogart Film Festival until their Casablanca esque idyll is cut short by his other secret passion burglary.When he s hired to pilfer a portfolio of valuable documents from aBookseller Bernie Rhodenbarr s in love with an exotic Eastern European beauty who shares his obsession with Humphrey Bogart movies He s in heaven, munching popcorn with his new amour every night at a Bogart Film Festival until their Casablanca esque idyll is cut short by his other secret passion burglary.When he s hired to pilfer a portfolio of valuable documents from a Park Avenue apartment, Bernie can hardly refuse But the occupant s early return forces Bernie to flee empty handed and he soon finds himself implicated in a murder Before you can say who stole the strawberries he s hunting for a killer, up to his neck in the outrageous intrigues of a tiny Balkan nation and menaced by sinister fat men and unsavory toadies than the great Bogie himself butted heads with in pursuit of that darn bird
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    • James Thane says:

      This is another light, entertaining book in Lawrence Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr series. Bernie, for those who haven't met him, is a gentleman burglar who also runs a New York City bookstore. He often finds himself in sticky situations that he has to resolve himself before the police decide to pin whatever mischief is involved on him.In this case, Bernie is strongly attracted to a beautiful eastern European woman who wanders into his bookstore one afternoon. It turns out that they share a love of [...]

    • Tim says:

      An excellent story if you're not into much excitement and a so-called burglar remindful of a kicked puppy. 4 of 10 stars

    • Kathy says:

      A gift of comic delight, this is my first Bernie Rhodenbarr book. The next time I am feeling blue I will grab another of these based on the comic relief I found in this one. "Of all the bookstores in all the towns in all the world, she walked into mine." Bernie responds to this striking new customer who asks if she is disturbing him, "I was reading. important." She asked, "What are you reading?" "The history of civilization."They become fast friends, agreeing to meet every night at the theater f [...]

    • Bodosika Bodosika says:

      Though some persons may like it but it is not for me.Barely able to finish it.

    • Monnie says:

      Just what I'll do once I've finished all the books in this series I'm not sure; each and every one so far has been a treasure to which I treat myself after finishing up a particularly difficult novel (or a spectacularly lousy one). I know I can count on these to lift my spirits, provide a chuckle or two and entertain me with a good, old-fashioned murder mystery.The main character, Bernie Rhodenbarr, is the owner of a small Greenwich Village bookstore - but that's not his primary source of income [...]

    • Gregory says:

      Bernie is up to his usual high jinx though this time he gets ensnared by a beautiful woman who, like Bernie, loves Bogart films. The story has some eccentric characters that all seem interested in the doings of the (fictional) kingdom of Anatruria (think Eastern European place). The story is fun with plenty of the usual humor. Not Bernie's strongest outing but not his weakest.

    • David Highton says:

      I had thought Bernie's tales were getting a bit formulaic but this one differs a little, with Bernie never in danger of jail, but dedicating himself to solving a murder mystery. The Eastern European plot line is very reminiscent of some of Block's Evan Tanner storylines penned 30 years prior.

    • Mike says:

      This may be the first Lawrence Block novel that I have read. I took it along as a back-up book on a business trip and, since said trip expanded from one to two weeks, began it the evening before I wrapped up. My selection criteria were very simple: small, lightweight, and something that I might enjoy (solely based on the cover/title). I am happy to report that it excelled in all areas.On a typical trip I only get a few minutes or reading in late in a very long day and this one was no exception. [...]

    • Jon says:

      Read this one on a long plane flight, and it kept we awake and laughing the whole way. Like all the burglar books, it has a very intricate plot, with clues scattered in fairly open sight. It plays affectionately with other books in the genre: one character is a Sue Grafton fan and imagines possible books, such as one where a jazz band leader is murdered "A is for Train". There is the classic gathering of suspects a la Agatha Christie, with the detective explaining everything and identifying the [...]

    • K says:

      I began reading this series with The Burglar Who Counted Spoons and loved it. So, it was with great anticipation that I read The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart, #7 in Lawrence Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr series. It was somewhat disappointing in comparison, but still a breezy and cleverly plotted work. Nevertheless, I thought it was too forced, with too much time spent on a rather convoluted plot-line involving a quasi-international intrigue and scenes that simply did nothing to move the plot fo [...]

    • Amorak Huey says:

      I tend to prefer Scudder, but the Bernie Rhodenbarr series is enjoyable as well. This was a re-read. It's quick, funny, smartly paced.

    • Jrobertus says:

      Bernie Rhodenbarr is one of Block's series characters. He is a cat burglar who steals from the rich becasue they have the stuff (and he rationalizes they don't need it all). He also runs a used book store and is quite erudite. As in the Scudder series, Block's characters participate in sharp, witty dialog and banter so they are great fun to read. It is much easier to identify with this character than, say, Block's hit-man series where the protagonist is a hired killer. In this novel Bernie is as [...]

    • Vfields Don't touch my happy! says:

      This is just a happy series for me. I allot myself these out bit by bit so I can enjoy the series as long as possible.

    • Sharon says:

      Bernie is in love with a mysterious woman and attending Humphrey Bogart movies with her every night. This of course leads to burglary and a murder investigation. This time Block has not one, but two characters who have a dead-on imitation of the Sidney Greensteet character speech patterns. Loved it. I noticed that Block also pays a major hommage to the "mean streets" type of detective novel. As I was reading this, I thought that he must really read a lot of those novels. Then I picked up one of [...]

    • Laurie says:

      My first Lawrence Block book. My mother in law gave us a sack of these, as my husband enjoys them. I have not been making it too the library as much as usual so I've been picking these up when I need a fun read. I really liked this book. It is about a thief who owns a bookstore. He meets a mysterious woman, attends a Bogart film festival with her, and keeps involved in a mystery. This is the only one of this series in our sack o' books, but I plan to get more from the library.

    • Chris Birdy says:

      Another enjoyable Lawrence Block book with the lovable bookseller Bernie Rhodenbarr. In addition to being a tribute to Humphrey Bogart and his many movies it also had the old fashioned feel of Nero Wolfe in bringing the suspects together (in the bookstore). This would have been a five star read except there were many characters with strange names. I almost needed a scorecard to keep track. But Bernie and Lawrence Block overcome all.

    • Vicki Cline says:

      I read some of the Burglar series years ago, and this one has been sitting on my shelf for a long time. It was fun because the dialog is so good. The "case" turns out to be like one of Bogart's movies and it ends like another one (I won't spoil it by saying which ones). The solution to the crime is a bit disappointing, but overall it was worth reading.

    • Jeff Dickison says:

      Good entry into the Rhodenbarr series as Bernie must figure who stole what from whom. This is my second read in the "Burglar" series and I enjoyed this one much more than the previous book. Recommended.

    • Bea says:

      I know that the Bernie Rhodenbarr Mysteries are not very deep or intricate, but I really enjoy them. More of a cozy mystery. The characters are fun; the situations are intersting; and he is a skillful yet bumbling type of burglar. Lots of fun to read.

    • Tom says:

      Excellent, playful setting - great use of Bogart references, and the usual high standard of complex plot

    • Jerry says:

      Another Bernie Rhodenbarr novel. A Light and entertaining read.

    • Jason Edwards says:

      My goal is to read a book a week for the whole year, and even though it's still only January, I feel like I'm behind. I had to abandon a bad (boring) book after 400 pages, and then another 400 pager took me longer to read than usual. Thank goodness there's these snappy little Burglar books to get me caught up.In my review of the previous book to Bogart (Ted Williams) I didn't have too many good things to say. I liked this one better. Maybe because it was a relief to get back to a straightforward [...]

    • Crzy D says:

      I usually enjoy Bernie's exploits but this was bit of a snooze compared to his other books. He just dint feel committed to the plot. The Bogart references were fun but seemed a bit of a ruse to explain all the uncharacteristic Bernie behavior. Not his best

    • Chatgemini says:

      A highly rated book that was on my reading shelf for a long long time. Though I enjoyed reading it and the plot was plausible, it never came close to being a first rate thriller. I hope other books by Lawrence Block are better

    • David C Ward says:

      Somehow missed this one in the Rhidenbarr series. Not that good. A Bogart theme that gets tired quickly and a semi-Bogart Movie plot that wheezes along. A lot of filler which isn't usual for Block.

    • Brian says:

      Plot a little more opaque than the others; you’re waiting for him to reveal it and the jumps he makes are a little more tenuous than usual. Still a great cast of characters. Always a good time.

    • John Ayer says:

      Typical NYC dime fiction murder mystery.

    • Dave says:

      I don't, as a rule, like comedic mysteries and I can't stand the ones where all the suspects are gathered in the parlor as the great detective unveils who did it. But, I really enjoy Block's Burglar series, having read more than half a dozen in this series in the past month. Block has a great sense of humor and the world of Bernie Rhodenbarr is filled with the strangest coincidences.Here's the foreign beauty who gets Bernie to take her to a Bogart movie every night for two weeks straight and she [...]

    • LJ says:

      THE BURGLAR WHO THOUGHT HE WAS BOGART - VGBlock, Lawrence - 7th Bernie RhodenbarrBernie Rhodenbarr - a romantic? Hey, even burglars fall in love and in this case it's Bernie doing the falling, with the lovely and alluring Ilona. Night after night, sharing popcorn in the flickering shadow of a Bogie movie, Bernie finds himself tongue-tied - sometimes literally. It would appear Ilona's now doing all the stealing. Well, not really. Bernie's been approached by the oddly named Hugo Candlemas to pilfe [...]

    • Chazzi says:

      Bernie Rhodenbarr, a bookshop owner with another career on the side. Enjoy reading his adventures.This time he is on a binge of watching old Bogart movies during a Bogart film festival. And just like in the movies the woman of his dreams walks into his life when he least expects it. Alluring and mysterious Ilona, who is also a fan of Bogart. The two spend evenings at the movies immersed in Bogie's world.During the day, Bernie is approached to do a 'job' for a Hugo Candlemas. A simple case of bre [...]

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