Winged Obsession by Jessica Speart

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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 successful—or posed a greater ecological danger—than 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 him—unaware that the cagey smuggler had his own plans to make the writer a player in his illegal butterfly trade.


About Jessica Speart

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Jessica Speart is a freelance journalist specializing in wildlife enforcement issues. She's been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, OMNI, Travel & Leisure, Audobon, National Wildlife, Mother Jones, Delta's Sky Magazine, and many other publications. She is also the author of several mysteries. She lives in Connecticut.
Published March 27, 2012 by William Morrow. 339 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Comics & Graphic Novels. Non-fiction

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Additionally, Speart gives her readers a peek into the mindset personality of the collector, sparks a guessing game as to the identity of a television idol, who may or may not be entirely what he seems, and even finds herself becoming a brief but extremely interesting part of the subject matter b...

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