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Monday, February 28, 2022

"The Falcon Thief"

     It's not easy to get into the mind of a notorious wild-bird trafficker--the kind of person who smuggles fertile peregrine falcon eggs by strapping them to his body, or dangles from a helicopter 700 feet over the sea so that he can skim an Arctic cliff face to raid white gyrfalcon nests.

     But Joshua Hammer's gripping The Falcon Thief  plunges us into the psyche of the wildlife thief and smuggler Jeffrey Lendrum. Lendrum is a villain who risks death, is repeatedly fined, serves prison time and uses all of his mental, physical and financial resources in pursuit of what the British ornithologist Tim Berkhead calls "the most perfect thing"--the egg--to sell to wealthy clients in the Middle East.

Suzanne Joinson, The New York Times Book Review, March 1, 2020

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