Framing the Dialogue

Burglars Can’t Be Choosers

burglers“I turned the knob, eased the heavy door inward half an inch or so.  My blood was really up now.  You never know for certain what’s going to be on the other side of the door.  That’s one of the things that makes it exciting, but it also makes it scary, and it’s still scary no matter how many time you’ve done it.  Once the lock’s open, though, you can’t do it an inch at a time like an old lady slipping into a swimming pool.  So I pushed the door open and went inside.”

In Lawrence Block’s novel, Burglars Can’t Be Choosers, Bernard G. Rhodenbarr has an untypical profession.  It won’t take you long to guess based on the title of the book and the above excerpt from the story.  In this tale Rhodenbarr is actually doing something unusual in that he was hired to steal something particular from a specific person.  All is going well except that the item is not where it’s supposed to be and as he searches he hears what no burglar wants to hear…the front door being unlocked (all good burglars lock the door behind them).  He knows it cannot be the owner as he has been guaranteed that the man will be away until at least midnight.  So who is at the door and doesn’t seem all that concerned about making some noise?

I guess you’ll have to pick up a copy of the book to find out.  I do recommend that you do that and try to solve the mystery of what really happens in that apartment as Rhodenbarr uses all his skills to keep out of trouble and jail.

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