The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession

Author(s): Susan Orlean


The story of orchid thief and obsessive, John Laroche, and the bizarre world of the orchid fanciers of Florida. The world of the orchid hunters, breeders and showmen, their rivalries, vendettas and crimes, smuggling, thefts and worse provide the backdrop to an exploration of one of the byways of human nature, the obsessive world of the collector.


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Intrigued by the case of a Florida flower-thief, Susan Orlean enters the extraordinary world of orchid-obsessives.

Susan Orlean became a staff writer for the New Yorker in 1992 and has also written for Esquire, Vogue and Rolling Stone. She is the author of three other books of non-fiction.

General Fields

  • : 9780099289586
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : March 2000
  • : 200mm X 128mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Susan Orlean
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : English
  • : 635.9344092
  • : 288
  • : Biography & autobiography; Flowers