The Orchid Thief
by Susan Orlean
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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Susan Orlean first meeting John Laroche during the Florida visit to write for the New Yorker about his arrest for stealing rare ghost orchids from a nature reserveFascinated both by Laroche and the world, she discovered orchid collectors and producers, she remained, to write this magical place to explore the obsession and the strange world of both the obsessive orchid and Florida, which haunts and bizarre “debatable land” of swamps and condos, retirement communities and real estate scamsThe world of orchids, hunters, breeders and fairgrounds, their rivalries, vendettas and crimes, smuggling, theft and the worst backdrop of a fascinating exploration of one of the meanders of human nature, the collector’s world obsession, and the haunting beauty of the flowers themselves
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