By Jessica Speart
One of the world's most lovely endangered species, butterflies are as profitable as gorillas, pandas, and rhinos at the black industry. during this cutthroat $200 million enterprise, not anyone was once extra successful—or posed a better ecological danger—than Yoshi Kojima, the kingpin of butterfly smugglers.
In Winged Obsession, writer Jessica Speart tells the riveting precise tale of rookie U.S. Fish and natural world Agent Ed Newcomer's decided campaign to halt the profession of a brazen and creative felony with a virtually supernatural 6th feel for survival. however the tale doesn't finish there. Speart chronicles her personal makes an attempt, whereas getting to know the booklet, to befriend Kojima earlier than betraying him—unaware that the cagey smuggler had his personal plans to make the author a participant in his unlawful butterfly trade.
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Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World's Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler by Jessica Speart