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What other book might you compare The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling to, and why?
I'm a big fan of the Bernie mysteries. They're kind of light - due to the relaxed, friendly persona of the protagonist; but always well written, with great meandering dialogue, and cleverly researched themes.
I'd contradict another reviewer who called this series 'samey'. Yes, they are about a burglar who gets involved in murder mysteries, so they're as samey as any other serial mystery character. It's the well explored theme of each story that separates the books, for example the work of Kipling is explored here in a very interesting way. And the husky noir-ish voiced narrator is excellent.
I don't think that I have read this one before, but I'm glad that I caught up with it now. It is somewhat more convoluted than some of the others. I often find it worth a giggle or two to see how far communications and inflation have come since the book was written. The story involves double crossing, double dealing, some godawful poetry, and a mink coat.
Richard Ferrone continues to be marvelous as Bernie Rhodenbarr.
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The Narration makes the book!
The story is fine but Ferrone makes the character come to life.