The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams: A Bernie Rhodenbarr by Lawrence Block

By Lawrence Block

A brand new name from the BURGLAR sequence, within which after a yr going instantly, Bernie Rhodenbarr returns to burgling which will pay his lease elevate. whilst he breaks into an condo, he discovers a useless guy within the toilet, merely to discover himself framed for the crime.

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He unlocked the front door. “If I find ye back in that tree . ” he warned, and he opened the door just enough to slip inside before I could see anything. I wasn’t imagining it; I heard the door lock behind him. There was nothing I could do but wait, so I went back to the steps and sat back down. Now that I thought about it, I was surprised I hadn’t heard Alex rambling around in the house while I was trying to get a look inside. Alex is not quiet, especially when he’s working. Come to think of it, I hadn’t heard the radio he usually played at full blast, either.

I told her I wasn’t satisfied just seeing her there at the bar on Tuesdays. I asked if we could get more serious about each other. ” Don’t ask me how, but I saw where this was going. It was a place I didn’t like. ” Even now, he couldn’t believe it; Alex shook his head. “The woman not only read me the riot act, she punctuated every word of it with an exclamation mark. She said—” “That she was just out for a few laughs. That she had no intention of getting serious with you or anyone else. ” Alex looked at me in wonder.

I was hoping for a little bit of encouragement from Tyler, something like yeah, you’re right, we’ll have this straightened out in just a jiffy. When he didn’t say a thing, when he simply pivoted and waved an arm to point us in the proper direction, the acid in my stomach shot into my throat. I clutched Jim’s arm and together we walked toward the jail. Fifteen minutes later, we were standing in a room that contained nothing but a gray metal table and four matching chairs. We were surrounded by a wire cage.

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