About

I am a rare books curator and the country's foremost authority on rare book crime. 


 Thieves of Book Row "is an engaging cat-and-mouse account of porous libraries, scouts armed with 'gall, confidence and oversized coats,' complicit salesmen and of G. William Bergquist, the dogged New York Public Library investigator. " - New York Times


"McDade is necessarily circumspect in the story he tells so engagingly." - Times Literary Supplement


 "Studying the history of rare-book theft has turned McDade into a scholar with a mission." - Chronicle of Higher Education 


"McDade does a superb job of drawing a complete picture of the environment in which the Romm Gang operated." - Los Angeles Times


"McDade has delivered a book that should be of great interest to bibliophiles everywhere." - Fine Books & Collections