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

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

by Jessica Speart

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Overview

One of the world's most beautiful endangered species, butterflies are as lucrative as gorillas, pandas, and rhinos on the black market. In this cutthroat $200 million business, no one was more successful—or posed a greater ecological danger—than Yoshi Kojima, the kingpin of butterfly smugglers.

In Winged Obsession, author Jessica Speart tells the riveting true story of rookie U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent Ed Newcomer's determined crusade to halt the career of a brazen and ingenious criminal with an almost supernatural sixth sense for survival. But the story doesn't end there. Speart chronicles her own attempts, while researching the book, to befriend Kojima before betraying him—unaware that the cagey smuggler had his own plans to make the writer a player in his illegal butterfly trade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062207043
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB

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.

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Lisa Scottoline

Winged Obsession is an unputdownable thriller.... I loved this book!

Lee Child

Meet the Hannibal Lecter of the conservation world... this expose reads like a thriller and proves once again that truth is stranger than fiction.

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