Former burglar turned bookstore owner Bernie Rhodenbarr is hired to steal a rare volume of poetry from a rich man's library. On delivery, however, Bernie is drugged and framed for murder. Now he has to find the real murderer...
Quite amusing. I enjoy Bernie Rhodenbarr's character and the awkward situations he manages to get himself into without much effort. He reminds me of Stephanie Plum. Hehe. Maybe one day Rhodenbarr and Plum can meet up and solve a mystery together while on the run.
Bernie Rhodenbarr is a thief who has gone legit (sort of) as the owner of a used book store in Greenwich Village. Of course, used books don't turn much of a profit, so to make ends meet, he accepts an opportunity to steal a very rare book-length poem from a rich man's library. The heist goes off without a hitch, but the delivery is a different story. Drugged by the client's female go-between, he wakes up in her apartment to find the book gone, the lady dead, the smoking gun in his hand and the cops knocking at the door. Suddenly, he has to extricate himself from this sticky situation and find the killer before he's booked for Murder One.
(from back cover)