Bernie Rhodenbarr

Created by Lawrence Block (1938--)

Okay, so he's not a P.I.!

Slight, mild-mannered New Yorker BERNIE RHODENBARR runs Barnegat Books on East Eleventh Street, between Broadway and University Place and lives in an apartment at Seventy-First and West End Avenue, in this sly, literate and slightly goofy series by Lawrence Block, creator of the Matt Scudder series. Block is also responsible for the Chip Harrison, Evan Tanner, Keller and about a million crime and mystery novels.

Bernie's best friend is lesbian dog groomer Carolyn Kaiser (uh, she's a lesbian, the dogs are whatever the dogs are). He enjoys an occasional good meal, a nice bottle of wine, some good conversation with friends.

Oh, and he likes to steal.

And he's really good at it.

Only problem is that, whenever he gives in to the temptation to do a little B&E, he tends to discover a body or otherwise somehow land in trouble. And then he has to make like a detectives to get himself out of the soup, invariably by gathering all the suspects together, à la Agatha Christie.



  • "Like a Thief in the Night" (May 1983, Cosmopolitan)
  • "The Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis" (April 1990, Playboy)
  • "The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke" (Summer/Fall 1997, MHCMM)
  • "The Burglar Takes a Cat" (August 2013, Kindle).. Kindle it!


    102 minutes
    Based (very loosely) on The Burglar in the Closet by Lawrence Block
    Directed by Hugh Wilson
    Starring Whoopie Goldberg as BERNICE RHODENBARR
    Also starring "Bobcat" Goldthwait, G.W. Bailey, Lesley Ann Warren, James Handy, Anne DeSalvo, John Goodman


The official site, irreverent as all hell, and fun as all git out, full of vital info about the author, his books, his short stories, his newsletter, his upcoming projects, his seemingly endless book tour and everything else. And you can also buy autographed copies here (credit cards gleefully accepted). Although, you know what they say -- the rare Block is the unsigned copy.

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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