Check out a February 26th article on bookstore thieves in The Stranger, Seattle's weekly alternative newspaper.
Author Paul Constant describes his adventures in chasing thieves out of the independent bookstore where he worked for eight years.
He talks about the time he encountered what was clearly a contracted book thief who was carrying a list of the most desirable books:
1. Charles Bukowski
2. Jim Thompson
3. Philip K. Dick
4. William S. Burroughs
5. Any Graphic Novel
Find the article here.