Block keeps the story light and fun, with plenty of literary references for readers, be it about the current world of bookstores and publishing, or Block making it very clear that even though Bernie might be helping out the police, he will never go fully legit like other characters in the past. It seems Bernie has gone the route of other literary characters: While the world might change around him, he will stay as a young ageless man who always can be found at his bookstore, with his friends there to help him.

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