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A philosophical yet practical gentleman, Bernie Rhodenbarr possesses many admirable qualities: charm, intelligence, sparkling wit, and unwavering loyalty. Of course, he also has this special talent and a taste for life's finer things. So he's more than willing to perform some vengeful larceny for a friend -- ripping off a smarmy, particularly deserving plastic surgeon -- for fun and a very tidy profit.

But during a practice run at another address, Bernie's forced to hide under a bed when the lady of the house returns unexpectedly with the worst kind of blind date in tow. In no time, Bernie's up to his burgling neck in big trouble. Again. And this time it includes his arrest, no less than four murders, and more outrageous coincidences than any self-preserving felon should ever be required to tie together.

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    Rhodenbarr does it again!

    I can never decide which of this series is my favorite, but this one is at or near the top. It goes without saying that Bernie, himself, is one of my favorites. With characteristic sly humor, he tells this tale of seemingly impossible coincidences, ending in a conclusion worthy of Perry Mason or Hercule Poirot. This one is incredibly complex, and despite the bad stuff in it, still keeps you ROFL!


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