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The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird

The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird (Hardback)

By Hammer, Joshua

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A rollicking true-crime adventure about a rogue who trades in rare birds and their eggs--and the wildlife detective determined to stop him. On May 3, 2010, an Irish national named Jeffrey Lendrum was apprehended at Britain's Birmingham International Airport with a suspicious parc...el strapped to his stomach. Inside were fourteen rare peregrine falcon eggs snatched from a remote cliffside in Wales. So begins a tale almost too bizarre to believe, following the parallel lives of a globetrotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors for royals in the United Arab Emirates--where falcon races have multimillion-dollar purses and a champion bird might just be worth risking prison for--and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom's National Wildlife Crime Unit, who's determined to protect the world's birds of prey from one of the most irrepressible predators of our time. The Falcon Thief whisks readers from the volcanoes of Patagonia to Zimbabwe's Matobo National Park, and from the frigid tundra near the Arctic Circle to luxurious aviaries in the deserts of Dubai, all in pursuit of a man who is reckless, arrogant, and gripped by a destructive compulsion to make the most beautiful creatures in nature his own. It's a story that's part true-crime narrative, part epic adventure--and wholly unputdownable until the very last page.
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ISBN 9781501191886
Released NZ 1 Apr 2020
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781501191886
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Imprint Simon & Schuster
Released 1 Apr 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Hammer, Joshua
Category Adventure / Thriller
True Crime
Birds & Birdwatching
Birds As Pets, Including Cage Birds
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 213mm
Spine: 33mm
Dewey Code 364.1628598961468092
Weight 420g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Wildlife crimes, Falcons - Eggs, Wild bird trade, Rare birds
NBS Text True Crime
ONIX Text General/trade