The orchid thiefWydawnictwo: Random House Publishing Group
John Laroche is a sharply handsome guy, in spite of the fact that he is missing all his teeth, has the posture of al dente spaghetti and the nervous intensity of someone who wins a lot of video games. He is also an orchid thief, who, along with three Seminole Indians, was arrested with rare orchids they had stolen out of a place called the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, a wild swamp in...
One of those rare plants is called the ghost orchid, which John Laroche planned on cloning and then selling to impassioned collectors for a small fortune. New Yorker writer Susan Orlean was so fascinated by Laroche -- "the most moral, amoral man I've ever met," she writes -- that she followed him through the swamps and into the eccentric world of Florida's most obsessed plant collectors, a subculture of aristocrats, enthusiasts, and smugglers whose passion for plants is all-consuming. Along the way, Orlean learns the history of orchid collecting, discovers an unusual pattern of plant crimes in Florida, and spends time with Laroche's partners in crime, a tribe of Seminole Indians who are still at war with the United States.
Fascinating, funny, and bizarre, The Orchid Thief is a truly memorable and original work of nonfiction.
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