By Lawrence Block
It is not easy to disregard a person along with his arms on your mouth. Bernie Rhodenbarr's all ears while Dr. Sheldrake, his dentist, starts off complaining approximately his detestable, soon-to-be-ex spouse, and occurs to say the precious diamonds she retains mendacity round the house. seeing that Bernie's been identified to complement his source of revenue as a bookshop proprietor with the not-so-occasional bout of high-rise housebreaking, a few nights later he is within the Sheldrake condo with larceny on his brain -- and has to duck right into a closet while the girl of the home makes an unforeseen front. regrettably he is nonetheless there whilst an unseen assailant does Mrs. Sheldrake in . . . after which vanishes with the jewels. Bernie's received to come back out of the closet it slow. but if he does, he will be dealing with a rap for a homicide he did not dedicate -- and for a housebreaking he definitely tried -- except he can seek out the killer who left him striking.