Surprisingly, sometimes you open a book and find a friend. It's not anyone you've met before, but right away you recognize the connection. You like the guy. You want to know more about him. You wouldn't mind having a cup of coffee and just listening to him talk.

I just met Lawrence Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr, (yeah, I know. I'm decades behind the rest of the world) and that is what happened. He's a crook, but I like him. I'm on page 16, so I've got lots of pages left to learn what makes him tick. The cup of coffee might be a stretch, though. I mean, I really can distinguish reality from fiction.

It's just that with characters like Bernie, you really wish that option was available.

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Comment by Peg Herring on June 24, 2010 at 12:17pm
And Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire. Don't get me started!

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