The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
The True Story of A Thief, A Detective, and A World of Literary ObsessionBook - 2009
In The Man Who Loved Books Too Much , Allison Hoover Bartlett takes us deep inside the world of rare books and tells the cat-and-mouse story of two men caught in its allure. She introduces us to John Gilkey, an unrepentant, obsessive book thief, and Ken Sanders, the equally obsessive self-styled "bibliodick," a book-dealer turned amateur detective. While their goals are at direct odds, both men share a deep passion for books and a fierce determination--Gilkey, to steal books; Sanders, to stop him.
As Bartlett tells the suspense-filled story of Sanders's hunt for Gilkey, she also delves into the underlying question of why books have such a lasting fascination for us, collector and lay reader alike.