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This new book on the Brentidae of the World was originally conceived as an update of Richard Kleine’s (1938) checklist. It turned out to be much more. The checklist evolved into a comprehensive and meticulously annotated catalogue. A long introductory section was added, and enriched with clear illustrations and superb color photographs of charismatic specimens. It could stand on its own as a smaller book on the biology and taxonomic history of brentid beetles. The editors also enlisted a select group of experts to contribute four chapters on lineages recently placed within or close to the family. The result is a volume of nearly 1000 pages whose quality and scope measure up to the higher standards of the recent Coleoptera literature.