By Lawrence Block
Bernie Rhodenbarr has long past official -- nearly -- because the new proprietor of a used bookstall in New York's Greenwich Village. in fact, dusty outdated tomes do not regularly flip a revenue, with the intention to make ends meet, Bernie's pressured, occasionally, to bask in his earlier profession: housebreaking. in addition to which, he likes it. Now a collector is providing Bernie a chance to mix his dual passions by way of stealing a truly infrequent and extremely undesirable book-length poem from a wealthy man's library. The heist is going off with out a hitch. The supply of the ill-gotten quantity, even though, is a unique tale. Drugged by means of the client's woman go-between, Bernie wakes up in her condo to discover the e-book long past, the woman lifeless, a smoking gun in his hand, and the law enforcement officials on the door. And all at once he is bought to extricate himself from a slightly sticky real-life homicide secret and discover a killer -- sooner than he is booked for homicide One.
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In spite of everything she had done, every trick and every subtle maneuver, George still hadn't told her. Everything else, yes. Who was in on the deal, how it was going to be pulled. *** But not when. Not the day. Hours before dawn broke across the eastern sky and the sun slanted through the bedroom window to wake her up, Sherry Peatty knew. Knew it was going to be this day. Finding the gun, probably more than anything else, was the tip off. George had gone out on Friday night and told her not to wait up; that he'd be late.
But I don't like the price. No, the price will go all to pieces before the race. Nobody can beat that horse. ” Big Mike nodded. “You're right, lad,” he said. ” “But the price,” Willy said. “I can't afford the odds. ” Big Mike nodded sagaciously. “A smart bet, Willy,” he said. “Don't think he can possibly beat Black Lightning, but what the hell. ” “That's the way I see it,” Willy said. Frank Raymond, cashier at Big Mike's bar, laughed as he struggled with his bow tie. “You guys kill me,” he said.
He took his hat off, unconsciously dusting the brim. Then he removed his suit coat and snapped a pair of sleeve bands on his arms. He took out a fresh white bar jacket. No one had commented on the flower box. “It's a beautiful day, Michael,” Willy Harrigan, a stick man at the bar in the grandstands, said, looking over at him. ” Big Mike nodded. ” he asked. It was his inevitable opening gambit and he spoke the words without thinking and also without remembering that for the first time in years, he had arrived at the track without having made a bet.