Liz De Coster's Reviews > The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
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Mar 15, 10

bookshelves: nonfiction
Read in March, 2010

An addition to the "true crime" genre for book lovers. The subtitle is misleading: the "detective" is essentially a side character in the book, while the author perhaps plays too prominent a role. This book suffers from the author's perhaps too-delicate handing of Gilkey, and the lack of any real insight into him or his crimes.

Most true crime books struggle to find balance between the author, the investigators, and the perpetrators of the crime. The characters must be rendered compelling enough to interest the reader, a necessity often at odds with the facts. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much is no exception to this struggle.

For readers interested in this topic, I would recommend Miles Harvey's The Island Of Lost Maps instead.
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