Winged Obsession

The Pursuit of the World's Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler

By Jessica Speart
(William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780061772443, 316pp.)

Publication Date: March 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Reading Group
“I had certainly heard about wildlife smuggling, but this completely bizarre true-life tale brings the strange black market for insects vividly to life. The cat-and-mouse chase between an intrepid wildlife agent and a notorious and highly unusual Japanese smuggler will shock and amaze you. Movie Producers take note!”
-- Julie Arriens, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT


Description

One of the world's most beautiful endangered species, butterflies are as lucrative as gorillas, pandas, and rhinos on the black market. In this cutthroat $200 million business, no one was more successfulor posed a greater ecological dangerthan Yoshi Kojima, the kingpin of butterfly smugglers.

In Winged Obsession, author Jessica Speart tells the riveting true story of rookie U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent Ed Newcomer's determined crusade to halt the career of a brazen and ingenious criminal with an almost supernatural sixth sense for survival. But the story doesn't end there. Speart chronicles her own attempts, while researching the book, to befriend Kojima before betraying himunaware that the cagey smuggler had his own plans to make the writer a player in his illegal butterfly trade.




About the Author
A freelance journalist specializing in wildlife enforcement issues, Jessica Speart has been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, OMNI, Travel & Leisure, Audubon, and many other publications. She is the author of several mysteries and lives in Connecticut.
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