Bernie Rhodenbarr is a fictional character created by American novelist Lawrence Block. Rhodenbarr is a NYC thief who is an expert lockpick who loves the thrill of breaking and entering. The series is lighter in tone than Block’s Matt Scudder series. The novel The Burglar in the Closet was (loosely) adapted into the film Burglar starring Whoopi Goldberg as “Bernice.” Needless to say, Block was displeased with this adaptation.

The Bernie Rhodenbarr series began with Burglars Can’t Be Choosers in 1977. Below is a list of Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr books in order of when they originally published (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of Bernie Rhodenbarr Books


Burglars Can't Be Choosers(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar in the Closet(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Like a Thief in the Night(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar in the Library(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar in the Rye(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar on the Prowl(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar Takes a Cat(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke was co-authored by Lynne Wood Block.

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