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The Man Who Loved Books Too Much (2009)

av Allison Hoover Bartlett

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Unrepentant book thief John Charles Gilkey has stolen a fortune in rare books from around the county. Yet unlike most thieves, who steal for profit, Gilkey steals for the love of the books. Perhaps equally obsessive, though, is Ken Sanders, the self-appointed "bibliodick" driven to catch him. Sanders, a lifelong rare book collector and dealer turned amateur detective, will stop at nothing to catch the thief plaguing his trade.… (mer)
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This is for the "Book of True Crime" challenge in the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. I didn't want to read anything about murder or kidnapping or, really, bad things happening to people, and this came up in the Get Booked podcast a few weeks ago.

I ended up really disliking the narrator, and I'm not sure why. It came to feel like she was fighting not to be taken in by Gilkey, when his faults were so obvious it would seem impossible to fall under his spell. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
from the book bookbox; the author chronicles the escapes of a rare book thief, who steals the books to amass his own personal collection. A rare book collector and books shop owner, Sanders, makes it his mission to thwart and catch Gilkey in quite the cat and mouse game. The author also introduces the reader to the word of rare books - what makes it worth so much? Is it really rare? What makes a first edition? etc, etc ( )
  nancynova | Mar 27, 2021 |
I enjoyed this book immensely, with a few caveats: 1) I'm not a fan of more traditional, sensational true crime, so I can't speak to how thrilling it would be in that regard. 2) I'm a librarian with a Bachelor's in psychology, so I feel this book was tailor-made for me and I'm not sure who else would enjoy it. 3) While I enjoyed reading the first 3/4 or so, I thought the ending was weak.

I spent most of this book watching in fascination and horror as he kept getting away with things, getting caught (or not), and on and on. I was really hoping for some closure by the end - it felt like the author was, too - but it never happened. I suppose that's the tricky thing about "true crime," that there isn't always a case closed at the end, but the last 50 pages or so were frustrating as I realized that it wasn't actually going anywhere. I'm giving it 4 stars because up to the last section, the experience of reading was quite fun.

Read Harder 2018: A book of true crime ( )
  AnnaWaffles | Aug 28, 2020 |
This book provides a glimpse into the world of rare books -- the sellers, the collectors, and the criminals. The book looks at John Gilkey, a man obsessed with stealing rare books and even more obsessed with his image as the kind of man who values them. The author is a reporter, and she interviews Mr. Gilkey several times, letting him talk and spin his story. She also accompanies him on scouting missions, thus entering the story herself rather than simply report it. Very interesting look at the rare book trade, as well as the psychology of a thief. ( )
  LynnB | Jul 26, 2020 |
I enjoyed this book, but the title gives the thief too much credit; I'm not so sure John Gilkey loves books at all. He does, however, love to steal. And for years he stole from rare book dealers around the U.S., acquiring books sight unseen via credit card fraud. Interestingly, Gilkey doesn't resell the books and many are still missing, presumed to be in storage some place. And it's fascinating that Gilkey spent so much time with the reporter/author, both when he was in prison and soon after his release. Gilkey was inspired to steal rare books by reading John Dunning's mystery series starring a bookseller/sleuth. ( )
  ljohns | Jun 15, 2020 |
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For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner ... let him be struck with palsy, & all his members blasted ... Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, & when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him forever.
—Anathama in a medieval manuscripts from the Monastery of San Pedro in Barcelona
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April 28, 2005, was bright and mild, the kind of spring day in New York City that seems full of promise, and on the corner of Park Avenue and East Sixty-sixth Street a queue of optimistic people was growing.
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Unrepentant book thief John Charles Gilkey has stolen a fortune in rare books from around the county. Yet unlike most thieves, who steal for profit, Gilkey steals for the love of the books. Perhaps equally obsessive, though, is Ken Sanders, the self-appointed "bibliodick" driven to catch him. Sanders, a lifelong rare book collector and dealer turned amateur detective, will stop at nothing to catch the thief plaguing his trade.

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