A unique blend of natural history and crime drama, Shell Games by Craig Welch is a riveting tale of rogues, scoundrels, and the hunt for natures bounty in the tradition of The Orchid Thief. A stranger-than-fiction true story centered around a larger-than-life character who pursued a larger-than-life clamthe Geoduckand then led wildlife police on a two-year-long chase, Shell Games is enthralling and remarkable from page one on.
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About the Author
Craig Welch is the environmental writer for the Seattle Times, a fellow at Harvard University's Nieman Foundation for Journalism, and a two-time winner of the Society of Environmental Journalists' top prize for beat reporting.
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
Prologue The Hunt 1
1 Snitches 9
2 Larger than Life 27
3 Clam Kings 44
4 The Fed 63
5 Metamorphosis: Life Undercover 75
6 Kingpin 97
7 "It's Just a Business Thing" 116
8 An Incredible Virus 137
9 A Sea of Abundance 159
10 Crab Men 176
11 The Hunt, Redux 199
12 The Whole West Coast 212
Notes on Sources 241
What People are Saying About This
“With hit men, snitches, and midnight smuggling runs, this book has all the adventure of a Miami Vice episode. That it reads like a detective novel - with the quarry being millions of dollars of freakishly large clams - is testament to the formidable writing and reporting talents of Craig Welch.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Amazing to realize that this is truth,not fiction. Great investigative journalism involving a shellfish
Mermaid rp is weird. No one ever does anything.
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From the start with the poacher "Hunt" on Puget Sound led by Detectives Volz and Jarmon, fact is stranger than fiction as Craig Welch affirms with these entertaining yet also horrifying true crimes at sea collection. The entries occur in the Pacific Northwest and run the gamut of what poachers will do for profit. Although the prime focus is the Washington State fisheries, bears are killed to harvest their gallbladders as medical remedies and several others similar animal slaughters are highlighted also. Perhaps the biggest shocker is the tale of charismatic Native American artist Doug Tobin, who the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hired as an informant to enable them to catch geoduck poachers; he turns out to be a double agent as he is one of the prime poachers. This well written true crime compilation will fascinate and shock readers as dedicated law enforcement officials try to prevent poaching on the Washington State waters. No question that Craig Welch provides much of the entries from the perspective of the cops working the seaways who he admires as his empathizes are with these hard working game wardens who face danger. However, he also makes the "Crab Men" and "Clam Kings", etc. come across as dedicated capitalists as to the professional poachers this is a business. Harriet Klausner