Chasing the thrill Obsession, death, and glory in America's most extraordinary treasure hunt

Daniel Barbarisi

Book - 2021

"A full-throttle, first-person account of the treasure hunt set in motion by Forest Fenn--an eccentric art dealer and, some would say, robber baron--in 2010 that lasted a full decade and became the stuff of contemporary legend. When Forest Fenn was told he was going to die, he hid a chest full of jewels and gold in the wilderness and published a poem that contained a series of clues about the treasure's secret location. But he didn't die, and he wouldn't reveal the location. ...The wild hunt went on for another ten years. Daniel Barbarisi first learned of Fenn's hunt in 2017 when a friend began decoding the poem and convinced Barbarisi to catalogue his search. What began as a great story documenting the history of Fenn's treasure hunt--the rumors, characters, and pitfalls--quickly turned into a personal quest, as Barbarisi found himself on a sometimes reckless and possibly dead-end path, despite having a family at home. Over the course of the next three years, several searchers would die, endless controversies would erupt, and one anonymous unknown would find the ultimate prize. Rich with mystery, danger, and break-neck action, Barbarisi's account of the imagination and drive of desire, of obsession, and of a particularly unbridled adventure is pure gold on the page"--

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New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2021.
First edition
Item Description
"This is a Borzoi book" -- title page verso.
Physical Description
348 pages : map ; 25 cm
Main Author
Daniel Barbarisi (author)
  • You can't take it with you
  • Detective work
  • From Coronado to Oak Island
  • In the den of Forrest Fenn
  • A delightful masquerade
  • Fennboree
  • Death comes to the hunt
  • Back on the hunt, out with the best
  • The blogs, and what they said about Forrest Fenn
  • A famous family, a fabulous treasure
  • The rise of the Fenntubers
  • Beep's revelation
  • The Candyman's conspiracy
  • In the crosshairs
  • Fortune and glory
  • The next best thing to finding a treasure.