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Lieberman's Thief

(Abe Lieberman #4)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In this fourth book of the Abe Lieberman Mystery series, the Chicago police detective finds he must catch a thief to nab a killer.

George "Pitty Pitty" Patnik was a thief who thought he had everything planned for a nice, clean in-and-out burglary. But that was before he heard the screams and saw the blood. Before the long knife came down again and again. Before the murderer
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Published July 11th 2008 by Brilliance Audio (first published March 1st 1995)
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Geoffrey Gelb
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one in the series.
Wendy
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'm still a little in love with Abe Lieberman.
Don
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As readers of my reviews most certainly realize, I read and enjoy books from many different genres. However, if I had to choose just one type of book, there's no question that the mystery would be my choice. A talented mystery writer must demonstrate a deep and nuanced understanding of human nature; otherwise, the reader simply won't go along for the ride. He or she usually must also have the ability to craft an intriguing puzzle which will keep the reader turning pages until the very last one h ...more
Kellie
#4 in the Abe Lieberman Series-This series is silently growing on me. The mystery aspect of these books is good but what really grabs me is the characters. Abe is an older cop. Jewish. Married to Bess who he adores. He has a daughter, Lisa. If she was my daughter, I’d disown her. She is divorcing her husband and moving to San Francisco and leaving her kids with Abe and Bess. So irresponsible. Her ex-husband is getting remarried. She was the one who dumped him and does not want him back but she c ...more
Richard Thompson
From the Goodreads blurb:

In this fourth book of the Abe Lieberman Mystery series, the Chicago police detective finds he must catch a thief to nab a killer.

George "Pitty Pitty" Patnik was a thief who thought he had everything planned for a nice, clean in-and-out burglary. But that was before he heard the screams and saw the blood. Before the long knife came down again and again. Before the murderer realized he had an audience.

Now Pitty-Pitty is on the run - from the clever Lieberman who has figur
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grundoon
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd guess it's been close to 20 years since I last read a Lieberman, and I'd forgotten how the 60-something Jewish detective series was beginning to grow on me. And how ideal and subtle a showcase it is for Kaminsky's mastery... of economy, of plotting, of the human condition. In under 200 pages, there are probably two dozen characters and half a dozen subplots, every bit of which handled to perfection. I'd thought of this as a silly minor series, but am really beginning to rethink that position ...more
David Caldwell
There was nothing wrong with this novel.It was the first Abe Lieberman story that I have read and just could not get into the characters.The mystery seemed to be thin as well, but then that just might be in comparison to his other series.This was a police procedural while the Toby Peters and Lew Fonecesca series are in the amateur/private eye category.Toby and Lew have to depend on themselves so they end up solving the mystery while Abe can rely on his fellow policemen to help "push" the suspect ...more
Frank Taranto
May 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A thief witnesses a murder while robbing a house. Unable to get the murder victim out of his mind, he paints a picture of the scene.
Meanwhile, the murderer calls the police and asks for Lieberman by name to solve the crime of his wife's murder.
The story revolves around how Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan solve the problem, along with little subplots surrounding their lives.
Kaminsky writes wonderful characters, and the subplots and insights into their lives are what makes thse books real
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Rob
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book seemed different from the first four. It was more like a Columbo episode. I liked the story line, but it seemed like Kaminsky was in a hurry to finish it. If you like the series, you'll want to see the few new details about the main character. If you're trying the series for the first time, go back to the beginning: Liberman's Folly.
Lynn
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lieberman and Rostnikov would be friends.
Mike Shapiro
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series, Stuart Kaminsky's Abe Lieberman series will hit the spot.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2007.

Stuart M. Kaminsky is author of 50 published novels, 5 biographies, 4 textbooks and 35 short stories. He also has screenwriting credits on four produced films including ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, ENEMY TERRITORY, A WOMAN IN THE WIND and HIDDEN FEARS. He is a past president of the Mystery Writers of America and has been nomi
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Other books in the series

Abe Lieberman (10 books)
  • Lieberman's Folly (Abe Lieberman, #1)
  • Lieberman's Choice (Abe Lieberman, #2)
  • Lieberman's Day (Abe Lieberman, #3)
  • Lieberman's Law (Abe Lieberman, #5)
  • The Big Silence (Abe Lieberman, #6)
  • Not Quite Kosher (Abe Lieberman, #7)
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