The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird

The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird

A true-crime adventure about a rogue who trades in rare birds and their eggs—and the wildlife detective determined to stop him.

On May 3, 2010, an Irish national named Jeffrey Lendrum was apprehended at Britain’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 champions—and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, who’s hell bent on protecting the world’s birds of prey.

The Falcon Thief whisks readers from the volcanoes of Patagonia to Zimbabwe’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.

Title:The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird
ISBN:9781501191886
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  • Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    The below review originally appeared on Open Letters Review.Packing for a flight can be stressful. Fitting all of a trip’s necessities into a bag that falls below an airline’s weight limit is ofte...

  • Cindy Burnett

    4.5 stars The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird by Joshua Hammer is a fascinating read about a man, Jeffrey Lendrum, who spent his life stealing and ...

  • Diane S ?

    Thoughts soon....

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    DNF - I got about a third of the way into this one and I’m bored. Back to the library it goes!...

  • Zoe

    There were bits of this book I found fascinating - the history of falconry and when it's evolved into today, as well as the obsessive nature of oology. I was unimpressed by the sympathetic picture the...

  • Thomas Kelley

    The authors desire to write this book occurred after reading an article in the newspaper about a thief who had stolen falcon eggs and had jumped bail. He did not believe that there is a black market t...

  • Kelly

    Talk about a breathlessly-paced adventure story that is 100% true. This is the kind of bloodless true crime I find utterly fascinating and engaging, and this book would be a perfect one to pass along ...

  • Mark

    As a bird and nature lover, I loved this true-crime tale, with a smart, arrogant and adventurous thief as it's lead. I knew nothing about the lucrative black market on raptor eggs, and the ingenious w...

  • Nemo Nemo

    SynopsisThe narrative is well written in the style of a crime thriller and is interlaced with twists and turns worthy of that title. The eclectic mix of characters makes for a compelling story, all th...

  • Andrea

    Fascinating read of a subject [birding, egg stealing, protagonist] of which I knew nothing. Sometimes too many details to keep my interest but I very much enjoyed this out of the usual for me. ...