By Lawrence Block
It's now not that used bookshop proprietor and part-time burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr believes the fewer felony of his professions is very moral. (It is, notwithstanding, a hurry, and he's excellent at it.) He simply thinks it's unfair to stand a jail time period for his valid actions. After appraising the price of a wealthy man's library -- very easily leaving his fingerprints all around the method -- Bernie reveals he's the cops' leading suspect while his customer 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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At the first chemist's shop, a bell tinkled when Holmes stepped inside, but the customers took little notice: Stray fishermen were a commonplace. On reaching the counter, Holmes asked for sticking plasters, a box of throat lozenges, and a tube of ointment for Persistent Rashes and Skin Conditions. Picking the coins from his palm, he then said, "M'lad on the boat picked up a baddish slice, mebbe should have a coupla' stitches. " "There was, he took ill. Got a locum, though. " "He'll do," Holmes grunted, and asked for directions.
He whispered. " This was a man's gravelly voice. " "That's right, Reverend Brothers. " With an effort, Brothers got his eyes open, squinting into the smokey light. " The man grinned and reached down to whittle a slice from the sausage on the table, popping it between his yellow teeth and chewing, open-mouthed. "Only thing that kept you from the pearly gates was that book in your chest pocket. Weren't for that, the lead would've gone straight into your heart. As it is, we dug the thing out of your shoulder.