The Man Who Loved Books Too Much (Digital Audiobook)

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

By Allison Hoover Bartlett, Judith Brackley (Narrator)

Publication Date: February 7, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/5/2010)
Hardcover (9/17/2009)
Compact Disc (1/1/2010)
Hardcover, Large Print, Large Print (2/1/2010)
MP3 CD (1/1/2010)
Compact Disc (1/1/2010)


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.

About the Author

Judith Brackley worked in major market radio for twenty years as an announcer, program director, and producer for commercial broadcast outlets and NPR affiliates. She has numerous radio spots, industrial voice-overs, and narrations to her credit, including for the Prudential Insurance Company, Gillette, Hewlett-Packard, Polaroid, and National Geographic. She is also a nationally published writer.