Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World's Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler (Paperback)

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April 2011 Indie Next List


“I had certainly heard about wildlife smuggling, but this completely bizarre true-life tale brings the strange black market for insects vividly to life. The cat-and-mouse chase between an intrepid wildlife agent and the notorious and highly unusual understatement Japanese smuggler will shock and amaze you. Movie Producers take note!”
— Julie Arriens, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT

Summer 2012 Reading Group


“I had certainly heard about wildlife smuggling, but this completely bizarre true-life tale brings the strange black market for insects vividly to life. The cat-and-mouse chase between an intrepid wildlife agent and a notorious and highly unusual Japanese smuggler will shock and amaze you. Movie Producers take note!”
— Julie Arriens, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT

Description


In the tradition of The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean comes Winged Obsession—a gripping, real-life thriller that exposes the seedy underbelly of illegal butterfly trading. An acclaimed mystery writer and respected journalist specializing in wildlife issues, author Jessica Speart tells an extraordinary but true tale of greed, obsession, and sexual temptation, masterfully chronicling the downfall of the “Indiana Jones of insects” through the determined efforts of a rookie Fish and Wildlife agent who put his life on the line to stop him.

About the Author


A freelance journalist specializing in wildlife enforcement issues, Jessica Speart has been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, OMNI, Travel & Leisure, Audubon, and many other publications. She is the author of several mysteries and lives in Connecticut.

Praise For…


“A true thriller about an undercover U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent hunting for the ‘human vacuum cleaner’ of the insect world.”
— Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Reads like a suspense thriller.”
— Oklahoma City Oklahoman

Winged Obsession offers a fascinating glimpse into the illegal market in exotic and endangered butterflies....By the end of Winged Obsession, I was rooting for creatures I didn’t know existed before I read the book.
— Miami Herald

Butterfly smugglers? Who knew? Journalist Jessica Speart chases down the butterfly world’s most elusive criminal, the notorious Yoshi Kojima, in her fantastic new book. It’s a journey with the twists and turns of a taut thriller — like The Orchid Thief, only with wings.
— Daily Candy

Meet the Hannibal Lecter of the conservation world... this expose reads like a thriller and proves once again that truth is stranger than fiction.
— Lee Child, New York Times Bestselling author

Winged Obsession is an unputdownable thriller.... I loved this book!
— Lisa Scottoline, New York Times Bestselling author


Product Details
ISBN: 9780061772443
ISBN-10: 0061772445
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 27th, 2012
Pages: 336
Language: English