The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

The True Story of A Thief, A Detective, and A World of Literary Obsession

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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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.
Publisher: [United States] :, Tantor Audio :, Made available through hoopla,, 2010.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781400193431
1400193435
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (360 min.)) :,digital.
data file, rda
digital, Digital recording
Additional Contributors: Brackley, Judith - Narrator
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)

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