The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza

Lawrence Block

No Exit 1993 [1980]
A book review by Danny Yee © 2010
Bernie Rhodenbarr runs a secondhand bookshop but makes his money as a burglar. When he and his partner-in-crime, pet groomer Carolyn, steal a rare coin of incredible value, they pass it on to their fence, a friend who shares with Bernie an interest in Spinoza. But then a body is found in the house they just burgled...

A taut, fast-paced mystery, The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza has plenty of plot twists and action, a comfortable first-person narrative voice, appealing characters, and a distinctive New York setting. I found it compelling entertainment and will be keeping an eye out for Block's other novels featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr.

April 2010

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%T The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza
%A Block, Lawrence
%I No Exit
%D 1993 [1980]
%O paperback
%G ISBN 184243151X
%P 213pp