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The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird Hardcover – February 11, 2020
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“The Falcon Thief practically begs for comparison to Susan Orlean’s 1998 classic The Orchid Thief... After reading this book, one feels sympathy for both the falcon and bustard, and none at all for egg poachers like Lendrum or the falconers who keep them in business.”
— Wall Street Journal
“Joshua Hammer’s gripping The Falcon Thief plunges us into the psyche of the wildlife thief and smuggler Jeffrey Lendrum... With the instinct of a hunter himself, Hammer tracks Lendrum’s nefarious career, structuring the story with elegant precision... The suspense and drama leading up to Lendrum’s ultimate undoing are masterfully constructed and the outcome satisfying.”
— New York Times
— Los Angeles Times
“Reading The Falcon Thief, one thinks of Truman Capote, who elaborated on a tiny news story... This is very much what Hammer is after in The Falcon Thief, which can sometimes read like the treatment for a James Bond movie. Like Capote, Hammer has a keen eye for elegant detail.”
— Christian Science Monitor
"A thrilling story”
— Royal Geographic Society
"Joshua Hammer has that rare eye for a thrilling story, and with The Falcon Thief he has found the perfect one— a tale brimming with eccentric characters, obsession, deception, and beauty. It has the grip of a novel, with the benefit of being all true."
— David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z
"I love this book. Josh Hammer has an amazing ability to find truly great yarns, and he's done this again with The Falcon Thief. It is a tremendous relief to read a book that teleports you out of current politics into a wholly new world that is both magical and thrilling and weird and wholly unknown. Stop, sit, read, think, savor, enjoy."
— Janet Reitman, bestselling author of Inside Scientology
“Middle Eastern Sheiks. 180 mph apex predators. An agile and fearless, globe-trotting obsessive dangling beneath helicopters and slipping through borders from Patagonia to the high Arctic. The Falcon Thief is more than just a ripping page turner; it is a cautionary tale about what happens when our most precious wildlife becomes status symbol in our diminishing natural world.”
— Carl Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wild Men of Borneo and Savage Harvest
“You don’t need to know, or care, about birds to enjoy The Falcon Thief. I couldn’t tell a jaybird from a jaywalker, but I loved this book: an international, ornithological whodunit. By the final page, I had learned, and cared, more about the secret world of falcons and the people who love them than I ever thought possible.”
— Eric Weiner, The New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Genius
“This book moves like a falcon: sleek and fast. It’s an absorbing story of a thief, an obsession, and an astounding bird.”
— Russell Shorto, New York Times bestselling author of Revolution Song and The Island at the Center of the World
"Hammer is one of our great non-fiction storytellers, and he's got a terrific one here: a true crime saga about how love of nature can go very, very wrong."
— Bruce Handy, author of Wild Things
“[A] well-written, engaging detective story that underscores the continuing need for conservation of rare bird species… A sleek, winning nonfiction thriller.”
— Kirkus (starred review)
About the Author
- Item Weight : 14.8 ounces
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501191888
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501191886
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.38 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (February 11, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #64,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At times desperately sad, this book offers a tremendous insight into the hard work and frustrations in a global crime war, as the author weaves in a vast array of characters, and takes you on a global chase to some of the more remote spots of the world – with an ever closing net around the criminal at the heart of this story.
A thoroughly enjoyable read and a book I have recommended to several people already.
Can certainly recommend.