Bernie Rhodenbarr, everybody’s favorite bookseller by day and burglar by night, returns in THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS on December 25, 2013. This is the eleventh mystery in the Burglar series#, and the first since 2004′s THE BURGLAR ON THE PROWL.
Legendary author Lawrence Block has, by his own admission and to readers’ delight, made an utter dog’s breakfast of retirement. He returns in exceptional form to one of his most beloved characters in THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS.
THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS finds Bernie and his lesbian sidekick Carolyn Kaiser breaking into houses, apartments, and even a museum, in a madcap adventure replete with American Colonial silver, an F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscript, a priceless portrait, and a remarkable array of buttons. And, wouldn’t you know it, there’s a dead body, all stretched out on a Trent Barling carpet.
Having finished the manuscript aboard the MS Veendam just two months ago, LB decided that, having reached the age where a prudent man no longer buys green bananas, he would publish THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS himself. With the able, flexible and speedy assistance of Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace, he is doing exactly that. When asked why, LB commented:
“Whenever I finish writing a book, I have a strong desire to leave my desk, go outside, walk around the corner, and see the book I just finished, sitting front and center in a bookstore window. That’s how it ought to work. And it’s about to come close.”
THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS will be available in the following formats and venues:
- eBook: Exclusively through Amazon, in the Kindle format that is compatible with a multitude of devices through free apps.
- Trade Paperback: Through Amazon.com and other online retailers for consumers, and through Ingram and CreateSpace for bookstores and libraries.
- Deluxe Signed-and-Numbered Hardcover Edition: Available through LB’s eBay store
- Audiobook: Narrated by Richard Ferrone
THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS is available for preorder now.
* See above.
+ No, that’s not a typo.
# Yes, you read right. A brand-all-new Burglar novel.
THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS POSTS
Welcome to the fourth and final day of Berniepalooza! Today’s special price for THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS is just $5.99, good only today (March 9). Tomorrow it goes back up to the regular price, so now’s your chance to save a few bucks! Click here to get the ebook. Today’s we have more […]
Welcome to Berniepalooza, Day Three! Today’s special price for THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS is just $4.99, good only today (March 8). Click here to get the ebook. Today’s bit of fun is a couple of questions and answers from LB…enjoy! And in case you missed them, be sure to take a look at […]
Welcome to Berniepalooza, Day Two! Today’s special price for THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS is just $3.99, good only today (March 7). Click here to get the ebook. Today’s bit of fun is a quiz that will let you test your Bernie knowledge…enjoy!
Welcome to Berniepalooza! Or Berniefest. You get the idea. For the next four days, we’ll have fun Bernie posts and (drum roll, please) discounted pricing for THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS ebook. Today’s special price is just $2.99, but this is only good today (March 6). Click here to get the ebook. Now, without […]
Not always politically correct, it’s still great fun — a not-to-be missed tale by a prolific, exceptionally talented author. Click here to read the review
Some people have waited ten long years for Lawrence Block to return to the world of Bernie Rhodenbarr. It hasn’t been that long for me since I only started reading the Bernie books a few years ago and in fact still have a handful in the series that I haven’t read. But my reaction to […]
Lawrence Block is sitting in the back of a cozy Greenwich Village bar sharing a plate of crunchy french fries and talking about how, at age 75, he is helping to expand the publishing industry and reinvigorate his own career with the latest entry in the ever-popular Bernie Rhodenbarr mystery series. Click here to read the […]
Block fans who feared the Bernie Rhodenbarr series was finished will rejoice to see that the bookseller-thief lives to steal again! All the usual suspects are back—Bernie; his lesbian sidekick, Carolyn; and his nemesis/friend, NYPD cop Ray Kirschbaum—and all are in fine fettle. The plot wanders a bit—from a Fitzgerald manuscript through a dead dowager […]
This just in… THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS audiobook is now available! Narrated by Richard Ferrone, this Recorded Books unabridged production will keep you company for 9 hours and 48 minutes. Click here to get it on Audible Click here to get it on Amazon
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 […]
Over at Mystery Fanfare, you’ll find a playlet in which LB and Bernie Rhodenbarr have a little chat…enjoy! Click here to read it
Picking up any of Mr. Block’s series books always feels to me like catching up with an old friend, but this is even more true with Bernie than the others, since he is the first of Mr. Block’s characters that I met. Mr. Block wrote this book after announcing his retirement, and has now declared […]
LB spoke with Tim Haigh all the way across the pond, and you can listen to the (fun!) result right here:
Bernie is still a lovable rogue. As with his more modern analog, Keller, the hit man, readers have little trouble rooting for a career criminal as he plies his illicit trade. Block is an engaging writer, effortlessly carrying readers along with him as he puts his characters through their paces. He can even perform info […]
Proving that Bernie is for younger readers too, THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS is on YA Yeah Yeah’s list of Best Adult Books! The return of Lawrence Block’s wonderful burglar, Bernie Rhodenbarr, 9 years after the tenth novel in the series, was my most-anticipated book release for an awfully long time. It is an […]
This wonderful review is from Charles Snee of Yahoo!: There are times when the characters in a novel are just as entertaining and multi-faceted as the story line. Such is the case for Lawrence Block’s latest Bernie Rhodenbarr mystery: his self-published The Burglar Who Counted The Spoons, which he penned over the course of a five-week cruise in the North […]
Finally, there’s “Juneau Lock,” the mythical location of great Chinese food and one of the reasons why these books and characters are so great to return to time and again. While it has nothing at all to do with the main mystery, it has everything to do with the lives of our heroes. And in […]
Happy 2014! Russell Blake interviewed LB, and the results are extraordinary. Enjoy! Click here to read the interview
THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS is over at The Big Thrill, hanging out with authors you might have heard of. Click here to read the post.
THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS is one of the best mystery novels of 2013…. This book shows one of America’s greatest writers still working at the absolute top of his game. We are lucky that Lawrence Block postponed retirement. Long may he keep writing. Click here to read Tom Callahan’s full review
Every so often, you come across a book in which you know from the very first page that the story within is going to be a pure joy to experience. The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons, the new Bernie Rhodenbarr novel by Lawrence Block, is just such a novel. Readers will know that they are […]
Not to mention: entertaining company. One of the other pleasurable features in Block’s series is our narrator’s friendship with dog groomer Carolyn Kaiser, who serves as a lunchtime buddy, sounding board and occasional companion during Bernie’s scouting expeditions. The Bernie/Carolyn dialogs – which cover their love lives, crime and Life in These Times – are comic […]
Block, through Bernie, manages to share some obscure history and some book recommendations without slowing down his tale. Eavesdropping on Carolyn and Bernie as they sort out the difference between Myer Myers and Meyer Meyer is among the book’s many pleasures. So is the big summation gathering in which Bernie reveals who did what and […]
This is the second in a series of Q&As with The Author himself… Next question: Telephone technology has progressed dramatically, but has lock technology changed much since you started writing Bernie stories? I think so. Bernie observes in THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS that technological obsolescence has doomed the niche occupation of hotel thief, because you can’t […]
Admin note: This is quite possibly my favorite review of THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS so far. Over the past few weeks I’ve read a dozen rave reviews of Lawrence Block’s new Bernie Rhodenbarr mystery, THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS. Well that’s fine and dandy, but what about my rave?—this rave—what the hell am I supposed to write when […]
I found it fun to read. It’s like spending time with an old friend who’s been gone for a while. You know something is going to trip Bernie up somewhere and you just have to wait for it to happen. All I have to say is that Bernie was almost too smart for his own […]
Brandon over at Every Read Thing had this to say about THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS: When it comes down to it, this is light storytelling at its finest. While the history of the silver spoon was tightly researched and the reasoning behind its procurement had been interesting, the free-flowing conversations between Bernie, Carolyn and […]
Those who have already done “best of the year” lists have jumped the gun, since THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS belongs on such lists. I had a great time reading it and think most of you probably would, too, so it gets a very high recommendation from me. Read the whole review here
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel‘s “Guide to 100 best books for readers young and old” includes THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS as an Editor’s Pick! The mystery grandmaster brings back gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr for a caper that involves buttons and spoons — and plenty of banter about the book business. Read the whole list here
Lawrence Block, an incredible talent and a legend in the business, is releasing his latest novel on Christmas day, and I was lucky enough to get an advance copy. Let me just say this. The man can write. It’s an enormously articulate, viciously funny, poignant, whimsical, and erudite mystery entitled, “The Burglar Who Counted The […]
The book has all the hallmarks of classic Bernie: fluent, hilarious dialogue; the admiration of artistic, cultural and literary worth; the ever-presence of New York City; Carolyn’s intermittently successful love-life; the culinary adventures of their daily lunch date; and of course the puzzle of who is the murderer and why. Click here to read EJ […]
I’ve been reading the novels of Lawrence Block since, well, I can tell you almost exactly how long. Bernie is always excellent company, and his narration’s always a pleasure to read. Add in the snappy patter, the humor, the smooth plotting, and you have another big winner for Lawrence Block Click here to read Bill’s […]
Larry, if this is retirement, let’s have more of it. Click here to read the full review
Ian Rankin, author of the terrific John Rebus and Malcolm Fox series, had this to say about THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS: ‘The Burglar Who Counted The Spoons’ by @LawrenceBlock comes out Dec 25th. I’ve just finished reading an early copy. It’s joyous stuff. — Ian Rankin (@Beathhigh) November 25, 2013
I think I ought to get David Trevor to write all my newsletters. Yesterday morning an appeal from an Australian reader sent him searching for a long-lost box of Write For Your Life, the sole survivors from 1986. Around noon I sent out a newsletter he’d written, replete with ways for you to spend your […]
Reviewer Gloria Feit has just sent along her lovely post on THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS…enjoy! Update: Gloria’s review is in the December edition of Review’s Bookwatch here. This wonderful new book brings the return of Bernard Grimes (“Bernie,” or just “Bern”) Rhodenbarr, proprietor (with the help of his cat, Raffles) of Barnegat Books, on East 11th […]
This just in from the one and only Jeffery Deaver! An absolute delight! Bernie has always been one of my favorite heroes and I couldn’t restrain my excitement when I learned he was back. This is classic Block: Clever, original, fast-paced, and populated with characters we completely believe and love spending time with. Retirement be damned! […]
Lawrence Block books are always worth reading. He’s a talented guy. One way to evidence that is to point out how he can vary his style depending on his project. He’s got Scudder, all lean and mean PI, he’s got Keller the Hitman, there’s Bernie Rhodenbarr the break-in specialist, he’s got his one off’s, his erotic […]
There’s any number of slightly unusual things about the latest novel from Lawrence Block. Take this review, for starters, which is running well in advance of the book’s Christmas Day release. One wants to do one’s bit to beat the drum. Click here to read the full review
A glitch is still a glitch, and adding photos to the listing of the Limited Edition of The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons turned out to be impossible. They would upload just fine, and then they’d disappear somewhere in the posting process. I found a work-around, finally, by posting a new listing for the book—and […]
I spent much of the weekend preparing the limitation pages (also sometimes known as signature sheets) for the Limited Collector Edition of The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons.This is a four-step process: sign them, affix the custom postage stamp, apply the custom cancellation, and add the serial number. And I have to say I’m happy […]
It’s not every day a guy’s favorite crime writer agrees to answer some questions for his blog. Without further adieu, here’s my interview with Lawrence Block! Click here to read the interview
Here’s the first chapter of THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS. Enjoy! Once you’re done reading, you’ll want to order a copy of the whole book, of course. You can do so at the links below…
In this article, The Burglar Himself tells us which five books he can read over and over… I get to do a lot of reading on the job. (No, not the job that involves breaking and entering. I’m talking about my day job, selling pre-owned works of literature at Barnegat Books on East Eleventh Street […]
Did I mention that I like to read? And that my favorite genre is mystery? I have 16 shelves of books devoted to various mysteries, most being books in series, some single examples. I think there are more in the basement. And in my bedroom. And on my Kindle. This love of mysteries started in […]
If you just tuned in, you may wonder what the hell I’m talking about. It was not quite a year ago, in the wake of a couple of November marketing campaigns called Black Friday and Cyber Monday, that I tried a bit of counter-programming, proclaimed it to be Orange Wednesday, and gave something away. Wednesday […]
This is the first in a series of Q&As with The Author himself… Are you now or have you ever been owned by a cat? If not, how the heck do you know so much about them, particularly the Abyssinian and Burmese varieties? Back in the early 60s I had a cat. Seymour Cat, named […]
Here’s LB on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, talking about THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS, Scudder, and more!
When your favorite living crime writer needs something done, be it driving a getaway car, hacksawing the limbs off of corpse, or reviewing a soon to be released book, you drop what you’re doing and get to it. Thankfully, there was a minimal amount of sawing involved in reading this ARC. First off, Bernie Rhodenbarr […]
Finding a new Bernie Rhodenbarr Burglar book is like meeting up with an old friend. In The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons, Bernie, his best friend Carolyn and the bent cop they can’t seem to shake are on the trail of buttons and murderers. Click here to read the review
I’ve got six reviews I need to write and two other posts I was meant to be doing today, but they’ve all gone completely out of my head after the news I’ve just seen over on Lawrence Block’s website. The news that Block is coming out of retirement is welcome enough. (I enjoyed Hit Me, about […]
David Trevor here. I’m not sure I’ve got the knack of writing headers. I can explain. Yesterday LB sent out a newsletter all about the Limited Hardcover Edition of The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons. I’ve been swamped with orders, and they keep coming in. (I like that part.) But several people have written in, […]
Surprised? Well, that makes three of us. I honestly thought I was done writing books, even as my good friend Bernard Grimes Rhodenbarr figured he was through appearing in them. Turns out we were both wrong. A couple of months ago I boarded the MS Veendam in Boston’s tea-stained harbor, and five weeks later it […]