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.
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