By Jennie Erin Smith
Tortoises disappear from a Madagascar reserve and reappear within the Bronx Zoo. A lifeless iguana floats in a jar, expecting its unveiling in a Florida court docket. A viper explanations mayhem from Ethiopia to Virginia. In Stolen World, Jennie Erin Smith takes the reader on an unforgettable trip, a dismal experience over 5 a long time and 6 continents.
In 1965, Hank Molt, a tender cheese salesman from Philadelphia, reinvented himself as a “specialist broker in infrequent fauna,” touring the realm to gather beautiful reptiles for zoos and museums. by means of the tip of the last decade that undefined, new endangered species legislation had grew to become Molt right into a convicted smuggler, and an unrepentant one, who went directly to supply a number of the similar infrequent reptiles to the various similar associations, covertly.
But Molt quickly discovered a rival in Tommy Crutchfield, a Florida carpet salesman with each purpose of usurping Molt because the so much entire reptile smuggler within the kingdom. Like Molt, Crutchfield had modeled himself after an past iteration of natural-history creditors celebrated for his or her carrier to technology, an amazing that, for Molt and Crutchfield, eclipsed the realities of the recent wildlife-protection legislation. Zoo curators, stuck among a hope for infrequent animals and the conservation-minded concentration in their associations, turned the smugglers’ antagonists in court docket but additionally their most sensible consumers, occasionally simultaneously.
Crutchfield cast ties with a criminally susceptible Malaysian flora and fauna dealer and emerged a millionaire, liked by means of the various most interesting zoos on the earth. Molt, following a string of artistic yet disastrous smuggling schemes in New Guinea, was once decreased to striking round Crutchfield’s Florida compound, plotting Crutchfield’s loss of life. The fallout from their feud might lead to a tremendous federal research with tentacles in Germany, Madagascar, Holland, and Malaysia. And but even after felony, own damage, and the depredations of age, Molt and Crutchfield by no means stopped scheming, by no means stopped eager for the snake or lizard that will earn each one his rightful position in an international that had forgotten them—or relatively, had by no means well-known them firstly.
By M. William Phelps
A chilling story of a sociopathic spouse and mom. . .compelling! --New York Times bestselling writer Harry N. MacLean
"Eye-opening. . . Phelps's writing reads like a secret novel." --Suspense Magazine
It began whilst Alan Bates and his new spouse arrived at his ex's condominium to choose up his daughters for a weekend stopover at. Then charred our bodies have been present in a burned-out motor vehicle on a lonely Georgia highway. . .and investigators pieced jointly a shattering tale of a vicious divorce, a spurned woman's sour rage, and a thirst for revenge that ended in merciless, unflinching homicide. Updating this gripping true-life mystery with surprising new info, M. William Phelps uncovers the chilly center of an unthinkable crime.
"One of America's most interesting true-crime writers." --Vincent Bugliosi
"Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers." --Allison Brennan
Includes sixteen Pages Of Dramatic Photos
By Bruce Porter
BLOW is the not likely tale of George Jung's curler coaster journey from middle-class highschool soccer hero to the center of Pablo Escobar's Medellin cartel— the most important importer of the us cocaine provide within the Nineteen Eighties. Jung's early company of flying marijuana into the us from the mountains of Mexico took a dramatic flip whilst he met Carlos Lehder, a tender Colombian automobile thief with connections to the then newly born cocaine operation in his place of origin. jointly they created a brand new version for promoting cocaine, turning a drug used basically via the leisure elite right into a monstrous and unimaginably profitable enterprise— one whose gains, if criminal, may have ranked the cocaine company because the 6th biggest deepest company within the Fortune 500.
The experience got here to a screeching halt while DEA brokers and Florida police busted Jung with 300 pounds of coke, successfully unraveling his fortune. yet George wasn't approximately to move down on my own. He deliberate to carry down with him one of many greatest cartel figures ever caught.
With a riveting insider account of the lurid international of overseas drug smuggling and a super-charged drama of 1 man's meteoric upward push and determined fall, Bruce Porter chronicles Jung's lifestyles utilizing extraordinary eyewitness resources during this significantly acclaimed real crime vintage.
By Paul M. Barrett
The gripping tale of 1 American lawyer's obsessive crusade--waged at any cost--against significant Oil on behalf of the bad farmers and indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest.
Steven Donziger, a self-styled social activist and Harvard trained legal professional, signed directly to a budding category motion lawsuit opposed to multinational Texaco (which later merged with Chevron to develop into the third-largest company in America). The swimsuit sought reparations for the Ecuadorian peasants and tribes humans whose lives have been laid low with a long time of oil construction close to their villages and fields. in the course of 20 years of felony hostilities in federal courts in big apple and distant provincial tribunals within the Ecuadorian jungle, Donziger and Chevron's legal professionals fierce no-holds-barred ideas. Donziger, a larger-than-life, loud-mouthed showman, proved himself a grasp orchestrator of the media, Hollywood, and public opinion. He cajoled and coerced Ecuadorian judges at the conception that his noble ends justified any technique of persuasion. And in any case, he gained an not going victory, a $19 billion judgment opposed to Chevron--the largest environmental damages award in heritage. however the corporation refused to give up or compromise. as an alternative, Chevron unique Donziger individually, and its counter-attack printed damning facts of his politicking and manipulation of facts. unexpectedly the decision, and a long time of Donziger's single-minded pursuit of the case, started to resolve.
Written with the feel and aptitude of the simplest narrative nonfiction, Law of the Jungle is an unputdownable tale during which there are numerous sufferers, an enormous area of ruined rivers and polluted rainforest, yet only a few heroes.
By Steve Jackson
"One of the easiest books in need of the well-known Ann Rule works." --True Crime publication Reviews
On a snowy wintry weather night in 1982, twenty-one-year-old Mary Brown authorized a trip from a good-looking stranger within the hotel city of Breckenridge, Colorado. The journey ended together with her brutally crushed and raped. Mary survived, yet her predator's violence had purely simply began.
After ten years in felony, Tom Luther used to be published a much more vicious felony. quickly, from the Rockies to West Virginia, like Ted Bundy, Luther enticed a sequence of ladies into his murderous catch. during this gripping re-creation of a real crime masterpiece, acclaimed writer Steve Jackson recounts the interesting pursuit and lengthy awaited conviction of a charismatic, large psychopath--one who continues to be a suspect in 3 different crimes, and hasn't ever given up desire of get away.
"Steve Jackson is a born storyteller. He makes you sweat. . .and flip the page." --Ron Franscell, writer of The Darkest Night
Includes sixteen Pages Of Dramatic Photos
By Burl Barer
She provided Her physique. . .
Jimmy Joste used to be a powerhouse within the oil and fuel undefined, yet he was once a weakling whilst it got here to his lovely, athletic, longtime lover, Rhonda Glover. hooked on her sexual prowess and head over heels in love, Joste gave her houses, autos, money, and a $350,000 engagement ring.
. . .But Left Him As A Corpse
Their fifteen years of ardour and extra ended the day Rhonda drove without delay from a taking pictures variety to the Austin domestic they as soon as shared. After pumping ten bullets into him from a Glock 9mm, she stood over Joste's blood-splattered physique and shot him six extra times--twice under the waist.
The final lady long gone Wild
in line with Rhonda, Joste was once violent, abusive, and threatened her lifestyles. right here, for the 1st time, are Rhonda Glover's stunning tales of drug-crazed satan worship and sexual perversity. yet in a packed court docket, prosecutors offered stunning proof that lovely Rhonda did not act in self-defense--it used to be hot-blooded homicide!
Includes sixteen Pages Of stunning Photos
By Erik Larson
Erik Larson—author of number one bestseller In the backyard of Beasts—intertwines the genuine story of the 1893 World's reasonable and the crafty serial killer who used the reasonable to entice his sufferers to their loss of life. Combining meticulous examine with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a story with all of the ask yourself of newly chanced on historical past and the thrills of the simplest fiction.
By RJ Parker
Probably the most interesting legislation Enforcement corporations on the planet is the FBI. From the J. Edgar Hoover days to give, the Bureau has investigated the main well-known instances, together with, mobsters, gangs, financial institution robbers, and terrorism. they've got additionally bought a couple of black eyes together with, Waco Siege, and Ruby Ridge.
From the roaring 20s to fashionable days, RJ Parker has written the real lifestyles occasions of instances that made significant headlines all around the nation. each one bankruptcy during this ebook, is dedicated to the biography (or historical past) of recognized mobsters and horrendous occasions that the FBI has dealt with because the starting of the agency.
These instances include:
John Dillinger and his Gang of financial institution Robbers
Mobster John Gotti
Bonnie and Clyde
Mobster Al Capone
The Jonestown Massacre
Oklahoma urban Bombing
The 1986 FBI Miami Shootout (In the road of fire)
The D.C. Beltway Snipers
By M. William Phelps
In 1993, Donna Palomba was once raped via a masked assailant in her own residence. but, her tale is greater than a victim’s story of actual and emotional restoration. it's a tale of 1 woman’s hunt for justice whereas heading off assaults by means of associations designed to protect and shield her—the police division, the neighborhood govt, and a neighborhood clinging to an outrageous declare that Donna had invented the crime to hide up a sexual affair.
From the evening of the assault, the botched crime scene research, and the abuse as gurus tried to shut the case by means of discrediting her, Donna was once left as a victim with out identify and no id. in the meantime, there has been one brave detective, later to develop into leader of police, who broke a police officers’ code of silence within the identify of justice. As they fought on, a criminal conflict ensued after the Waterbury Police Department—now with media support—refused to allow cross of its allegations opposed to her and admit wrongdoing. ultimately, after 11 years of fight, Donna realized the id of her attacker from the executive of police, who defined that the DNA from the rape package taken a decade in the past had grew to become up a surprising fit.
In 2007, Donna Palomba used to be the topic of a unique two-hour Dateline episode approximately her case. all at once, she was once Jane Doe not more, launching the Jane Doe not more association and changing into a promoter of the rights of girls and sufferers of sexual attack. With assistance from crime investigator and writer M. William Phelps, this can be her story.
By Jacquelyn Procter Reeves
Concepts of Alabama invite photographs of accomplice jasmine and fertile cotton fields, candy iced tea and Southern hospitality. yet even in paradise, evil occasionally creeps in. many of the tales captured in the pages of this publication are popular to the great fogeys of North Alabama; others are much less time-honored. The scandals of Lincoln's brother-in-law, the reign of terror created by means of Huntsville's Southwest Molester, the Decatur guy who buried his wife's dismembered physique below the fish pond and the attractive Black Widow of Hazel Green--all of those tales are good researched and masterfully written by means of Huntsville writer Jacquelyn Procter Reeves. True-crime lovers will enjoy this treasury of reports spanning approximately 2 hundred years of North Alabama background.