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The Pursuit of the World's Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler
One of the world's most beautiful endangered species, butterflies are as lucrative as gorillas, pandas, and rhinos on the black market.
And in this cutthroat $200 million business, no one made more money than—or posed as great an ecological danger as—Yoshi Kojima, the kingpin of butterfly smugglers.
Determined to capture Kojima, rookie U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent Ed Newcomer became close to the smuggler, posing as a young apprentice eager to learn the smuggling trade. But twice the agent's inexperience allowed this criminal, with a nearly supernatural sense of survival and an overwhelming sense of paranoia, to get away.
Just when it seemed Kojima was out of reach, Newcomer was given one last chance to reel him in. Somewhere in the hunt, Kojima had become obsessed with the agent. This obsession, along with his continued mania for butterflies, could finally spell the downfall of the untouchable smuggler.
But the story doesn't end there. Working under-cover to research this book, Jessica Speart befriended Kojima as well. Like Newcomer, she was going to betray Kojima. What she didn't know was that this cagey smuggler was planning to turn the tables and use her as a patsy for continuing his illegal butterfly trade.
The book recounts the investigation as if the Fish and Wildlife investigator were telling his own story.
I can't really explain but what normally wouldn't surprise me to read had a 'creepiness factor' to it that made me want to skim parts.
His feelings, his thoughts, his likes and dislikes are part of the story and this makes the book a very entertaining read.
they had a great subject but didnt know what to do with it could have been a far more intersting bookPublished 3 months ago by Norma Campbell
The writing was awkward, but the story was compelling. Reads fast and maintains attention.Published 7 months ago by julia clebsch
There are interesting pieces of information about butterflies and the world of insect smuggling. But the story was fairly dull and the narrative was a bit redundant.Published 8 months ago by catherine coons
This is a riveting story. I read a copy from our public library. This one is for my daughter who goes buggy over bugs.Published 11 months ago by Joan Jefferys
Wow! It was such a revelation reading about butterfly smugglers and particularly the main one in the book. Cloak and dagger all the way, and I didn't want to put it down.Published 15 months ago by Sherry Stephens
My father, who is a collector of butterfly wing jewelry, sent me a copy of this book and asked me to read it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Hartung
While I agree somewhat with other reviews, this book is very important as it exposes the shocking exploitation of the natural world and our government's continuing failure to... Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by K. Mahood
The story of Hisayoshi Yojima, world-class butterfly and beetle smuggler, and how he was caught and brought to justice is a fascinating tale; however, Jessica Speart's account... Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by T. M. Johnson