The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams (Bernie Rhodenbarr)

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Bernie Rhodenbarr is actually trying to earn an honest living. It's been an entire year since he's entered anyone's abode illegally to help himself to their valuables. But now an unscrupulous landlord's threat to increase Bernie's rent by 1,000% is driving the bookseller and reformed burglar back to a life of crime -- though, in all fairness, it's a very short trip. And when the cops wrongly accuse him of stealing a priceless collection of baseball cards, Bernie's stuck with a worthless alibi since he was busy burgling a different apartment at the time . . . one that happened to contain a dead body locked inside a bathroom.

So Bernie has a dilemma. He can trade a burglary charge for a murder rap. Or he can shuffle all the cards himself and try to find the joker in the deck -- someone, perhaps, who believes that homicide is the real Great American Pastime.

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Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.

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Puckishness is the primary characteristic of Block's series of books featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr, the not-quite-reformed burglar and crime-solver. Happily, Morgan is up to the tone of self-satisfied mischievousness that is so distinctively Bernie. Whether you find Bernie charming or merely smug, Morgan splendidly captures his unceasingly wry take on life. In this outing Bernie finds himself the chief suspect in the theft of a baseball card collection, which, incidentally, he didn't steal. Of course, Bernie does find a way to indulge his own proclivities for breaking and entering--leading to his encounter with a bodyÉBernie--and Morgan--find much to be droll about. M.O. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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