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40 Books by 40 – Burglars Can’t be Choosers

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It’s time for a 40 books by 40 update! Book 8 is Burglars Can’t be Choosers by Lawrence Block.

It takes place, or was written rather, in the 1970s and set in NYC. Bernie Rhodenbarr is a burglar and is on a paid assignment to retrieve/steal a small blue box from from a wealthy mans digs. A simple assignment that goes terribly wrong. Cops, corpse, and a mystery woman. Bernie sets out to prove his innocence before the cops arrest him. Because the book takes place in the ’70’s, it is a bit dated. No cell phones or instant knowledge of things that may help him. But it is refreshing to say the least.

Burglars Can't Be Choosers is book 8 in my reading goal. It's a good book I would recommend to anyone looking for a book recommendation. Check it out!

I am a huge fan of this book and can’t wait to read more of Block’s books. Burglars Can’t Be Choosers is the first in a series of 11 (plus short stories) that Block devotes to protagonist Bernie Rhodenbarr. One of several Lawrence Block’s series, other being Matthew Scudder (a P.I), Keller (a hitman), Evan Tanner (a spy), and Chip Harrison. It was a quick read, fun, and fast paced. Perfect for summer reading by the pool!

I discovered this series on Goodreads, which is a must-see website for anyone looking for book recommendations or reviews on what to read next!

Have a good week everyone and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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