The Orchid Thief

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ISBN: 9780449003718
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Language: English
Page Count: 284
Size: 8.22" l x 5.46" w x 0.70"
Series: N/A

Deep in the swampy heart of Florida lurks an eclectic group of aristocrats, enthusiasts and smugglers who have one strange passion in common: they collect orchids. John Laroche is one of these people, a repulsive yet mesmerizing man who had a wild plan to steal some of the rarest orchids he could find and clone them, thus being able to sell them to ardent collectors for a tidy sum. Journalist Susan Orlean followed Laroche on his quest, unearthing the history of orchid collecting and plant crimes in Florida. After spending time with Laroche's partners, a tribe of Seminole Indians, the author wrote up her experiences in the bizarre and absorbing The Orchid Thief. 284 pages.

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