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By Lawrence Block

Gulliver Fairborn's novel, Nobody's Baby, replaced Bernie Rhodenbarr's lifestyles. And now lovely Alice Cottrell, Fairborn's one-time paramour, wishes the bookselling, book-loving burglar to wreck right into a room in New York's teeth-achingly fascinating Paddington inn and purloin many of the writer's very own letters ahead of an unscrupulous agent can promote them. here is a chance to exploit his designated skills within the carrier of the respected, famously reclusive writer. but if Bernie will get there, the agent is lifeless . . . and Bernie's sought after for homicide. (He really hates whilst that happens!)

Perhaps it really is karmic payback; Bernie did support himself to a ruby necklace on his approach out. (But it was mendacity there. And he is a burglar.) Now he is in even warmer water. And he will have to use each trick within the book—maybe going as far as to attract the hermitic Fairborn himself out of seclusion—to deliver this more and more twisted plot to a delightful denouement.

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