The falcon thief : a true tale of adventure, treachery, and the hunt for the perfect bird

by Hammer, Joshua, 1957-

Format: Print Book 2020
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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 parcel 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 globe-trotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors worth millions of dollars as race champions--and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom's National Wildlife Crime Unit, who's hell bent on protecting the world's birds of prey.

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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Humans have been fascinated with birds and flight for millennia, bird eggs symbolize new life in many cultures, and humans have interacted with bird species in many wholesome ways. Tending toward the unwholesome, Irishman Jeffrey Lendrum's avian obsession led to the theft and smuggling of endangered raptors. This thrill-seeking adventurer climbed trees, scaled cliffs, and even dangled from helicopters to steal rare raptor eggs from their nests, many to be sold on the black market. Hammer (The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, 2016), traces Lendrum's crime odyssey across four continents, over two decades, and through many arrests and relays the perspectives of scientists and Andy McWilliam, a persistent British wildlife detective on the falcon smuggler's trail, in this true-crime adventure. Hammer finds that Lendrum is in it more for the excitement and thrill than the astronomical prices racing falcons command. Lendrum's compulsion is nonetheless portrayed as the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Hammer's chronicle is a captivating and surprising read with just the right touch of suspense and mystery."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hammer (The Badass-Librarians of Timbuktu), a contributing writer to Smithsonian magazine, delivers a vivid tale of obsession and international derring-do. The book opens in 2010 at the U.K.'s Birmingham International Airport, where Jeffrey Lendrum was discovered with 14 bird eggs hidden in socks tied around his abdomen. Airport security alerted the National Wildlife Crime Unit, whose dedicated senior investigator, Andy McWilliam, suspected Lendrum of involvement with the black market for birds of prey, one driven by demand on the Arabian Peninsula. There Hammer pauses the modern-day narrative and takes readers back in time for a digressive, bird-centric journey, from falconry's millennia-old roots in the Middle East, to Lendrum's 2001 bird egg hunt across the frozen tundra of northern Quebec, a key moment in his long smuggling career. Hammer also checks in on the ill-gotten collections of several other underground egg collectors, before weaving all the narrative strands back to Birmingham. Lendrum's penchant for filming his exploits meant building a case against him wasn't difficult, and by the conclusion, it's almost beside the point. The book's ultimate concern isn't with the legal case, but with understanding the roots of Lendrum's fixation on falcons, and it's here where Hammer arguably falls short. Nonetheless, this swashbuckling account should hold its audience rapt until the very end. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Wildlife crimes.
Falcons -- Eggs.
Wild bird trade.
Rare birds.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Language English
Description xiv, 317 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-301) and index.
ISBN 9781501191886
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