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The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
 
 
Author
Allison Hoover Bartlett.
Publisher Riverhead  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.35 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9781594484810
Pages/Publication Date 274/2009
Daedalus Item Code 23395
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Rare book theft is even more widespread than fine art theft, but while most thieves steal for profit, John Charles Gilkey stole purely for the love of books. Ken Sanders, on the other hand, is a book dealer who has become an investigator and made it his mission to catch Gilkey. Journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett befriended both men and plunged herself into the world of book lust, exploring their competing passions and getting a little too close to the story as she becomes caught up in the recovery of stolen items. She reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes, where he stashed the loot, and how Sanders ultimately caught him.

"John Gilkey wanted to own a rich man's library in the worst way, and was soon acquiring expensive first editions in the very worst way of all: theft. [This book] is the enthralling account of a gently mad con artist and his fraudulent credit card scams, but it's also a meditation on the urge to collect and a terrific introduction to the close-knit, swashbuckling world of antiquarian book dealers."ŚMichael Dirda

 
 
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