Falcon Thief, with Joshua Hammer


We are excited to welcome bookstore favorite author Joshua Hammer (THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU), who will talk about his new book THE FALCON THIEF: A TRUE TALE OF ADVENTURE, TREACHERY, AND THE HUNT FOR THE PERFECT BIRD. Hammer will be here on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3pm.

This true-crime tale follows a rogue thief with a decent knowledge of birds and wildlife who trades in rare birds and their eggs, and the British wildlife detective who is 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. It's a story that's part true-crime narrative, part epic adventure--and wholly unputdownable until the very last page.


Joshua Hammer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Outside. He lives in Berlin.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501191886
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 11th, 2020

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476777412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2017