Bernie Rhodenbarr is back with another adventure, this time he is doing a favor for his goofy dentist. The dentist (to the elite) has divorced his trampy wife and in the process, lost everything including a fortune in jewels that he gave her throughout the marriage. He suggests Bernie break into the house while the ex-wife is gone, recover the jewels and he will cut Bernie in for a large percentage. The dentist is so annoying that I, personally, would have shot him first! During the robbery, the wife returns and Bernie quickly hides in the closet where he cannot see but only hear what is going on. He finally manages to escape after a murder occurs, without the jewels! Soon he is charged with the murder AND jewel robbery. Will his wits and cunning be enough to save him while eluding the police? The ending has a nice unexpected twist of why. Very enjoyable tale. As usual, Bernie is a hoot!
1981, brown with age, no marks
One of the earliest Bernie Rhodenbarr books. He is one of my favorite characters-a thief with scruples and a reflective mind, comfortable in his "badness".
Bernie was busy burgling the Gramercy Park apartment of his dentist's estranged wife Crystal (at the dentist's request, of course!). He was leisurely tucking cash, diamonds and other jewelry in his briefcase when he hears Crystal's keys in the front door. He hides in the closet and becomes hopelessly tangled in a rack of designer dresses. By the time he gets free, his briefcase is gone and Crystal is dead. Now Bernie is wanted for murder!