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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
by Allison Hoover Bartlett and Judith Brackley


Overview - John Charles Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him.  Read more...

 
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Overview
John Charles Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him. Journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett befriended both eccentric characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure. With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, she not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes and how Sanders ultimately caught him, but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them. Immersing the listener in a rich, wide world of literary obsession, Bartlett looks at the history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages, to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781400113439
  • ISBN-10: 1400113431
  • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
  • Publish Date: January 2010
  • Dimensions: 5.58 x 6.36 x 1.13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.39 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Criminals & Outlaws
Books > Antiques & Collectibles > Books
Books > True Crime > General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 55.
  • Review Date: 2010-03-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

In the late 1990s, John Gilkey stole his way through a significant number of expensive antiquarian book collections. Ken Sanders, a book collector and security chair for the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, noticed the pattern of thefts and began pursuing Gilkey, whose obsession with his precious old books led him to commit a flurry of other crimes—stealing credit cards and forging checks. Bartlett opens up the quirky world of book collecting fanatics with respect but occasionally too much adulation—a perspective that Judith Brackley is guilty of in her more effusive moments. But on the whole, Brackley's enthusiasm is welcome; she excels when exploring the minutiae and arcana of the book collecting subculture and executes the male voices well, with a clear distinction and depth. A Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, July 27). (Jan.)

 
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