Bookselling burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr doesn't generally get
philosophical about his criminal career. He's good at it, it's
addictively exciting—and it pays a whole lot better than pushing old
tomes. He steals therefore he is, period.
He might well
ponder, however, the deeper meaning of events at the luxurious Chelsea
brownstone of Herb and Wanda Colcannon, which is apparently burgled three times
on the night Bernie breaks in: once before his visit and once after.
Fortunately he still manages to lift some fair jewelry and an extremely
valuable coin. Unfortunately burglar or burglars number three leave
Herb unconscious and Wanda dead . . . and the cops think Rhodenbarr
There's no time to get all existential about
it—especially after the coin vanishes and the fence fencing it meets
with a most severe end. But Bernie is going to have to do some deep thinking to find a way out of this homicidal conundrum.
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