The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
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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

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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.

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  • CD-Audio
  • 165.1 x 170.18 x 25.4mm | 249.47g
  • 08 Feb 2010
  • Tantor Media, Inc
  • Old Saybrook, CT
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Library ed
  • 1400143438
  • 9781400143436

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Allison Hoover Bartlett works as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in the "New York Times," the "Washington Post," "Salon," the "San Francisco Magazine," and other publications. Judith Brackley worked in major market radio for twenty years and has numerous radio spots, industrial voice-overs, and narrations to her credit.

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""[Brackley's] soft voice, often near a toned whisper, adds the right atmosphere to a biography of a creepy man and a reporter's long search for his motive."" ---AudioFile

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