A rollicking true-crime adventure about a rogue who trades in rare birds and their eggsâ€”and the wildlife detective determined to stop him.
On May 3, 2010, an Irish national named Jeffrey Lendrum was apprehended at Britainâ€™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 championsâ€”and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdomâ€™s National Wildlife Crime Unit, whoâ€™s hell bent on protecting the worldâ€™s birds of prey.
The Falcon Thief whisks readers from the volcanoes of Patagonia to Zimbabweâ€™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. Itâ€™s a story thatâ€™s part true-crime narrative, part epic adventureâ€”and wholly unputdownable until the very last page.