By Lawrence Block
It's now not that used book shop proprietor and part-time burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr believes the fewer criminal of his professions is very moral. (It is, notwithstanding, a hurry, and he's first-class at it.) He simply thinks it's unfair to stand a jail time period for his valid actions. After appraising the value of a wealthy man's library -- with ease leaving his fingerprints all over the strategy -- Bernie reveals he's the cops' major suspect whilst his buyer is murdered.
Someone has framed Bernie Rhodenbarr greater than they do it on the Whitney. And if he desires to get out of this nook he's been masterfully painted into, he'll need to resolve a slightly crafty -- if multiply murderous -- rip-off.
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Hey! You the gal with the green thumb we been hearin’ so much about? Syd Bishop’s the name. Suzie’s manager. ” Syd Bishop was a paunchy American in his mid-sixties, with faded red hair plastered in long strands across his freckled scalp. His accent reeked of Brooklyn, and his voice was so loud that it almost drowned out the rumble of thunder as the first rush of rain spattered the windows. Syd’s tuxedo was black-Emma gave him credit for that much good sensebut the crimson trim on the wide lapels didn’t quite match the vermillion bow tie and cummerbund, or the pink-edged ruffles on the front of his white shirt.
Thanks to Crowley, who’d knocked on her door at precisely eight-twenty, Emma arrived in the library as the case clock in the comer chimed the half hour. She was relieved to see that she was neither the first nor the last to arrive. The duke was nowhere in sight, but Susannah had Derek pinned in a bay window beside a tall and quite beautiful harp, where she was lecturing him on-God help us, thought Emma-spirituality and good nutrition. Derek had exchanged his worn jeans and blue pullover for an open-necked shirt and corduroys, and replaced his workboots with a pair of tired loafers.
Sorry, all,” he said breezily. “Beastly rude of me to totter in so late, do forgive me. Will you listen to that downpour? Makes one glad to be indoors, what? ” The duke, Emma noted, was wearing a tasteful but decidedly informal pair of flannel trousers and a fawn-colored cashmere turtleneck. “Emma, you are a vision in blue, and your hair! ” Gesturing toward the portrait over the mantelpiece, he added, “My grandmother. As you can see, her interests were musical as well as horticultural. ” Syd’s voice rang out.