Allison Hoover Bartlett is author of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession. It is the true-life story of two men: Ken Sanders and his arch-nemesis John Gilkey.
John Gilkey is the most prolific book thief in recent years.
Allison was drawn into the world of book thievery. Rare book theft is a white-collar crime and, as such, it is not prosecuted too agressively. Furthermore, librarians and rare book dealers are reluctant to announce a book theft because of the negative image it casts on the library or dealership.
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