By Craig Welch
Shell Games is a cops-and-robbers story set in a double-crossing international the place smugglers struggle turf wars over a few of the world's strangest marine creatures.
Puget Sound sits south of the border among the U.S. and Canada and is domestic to the incredible geoduck (pronounced "gooey duck"), the world's greatest burrowing clam. Comically proportioned yet more and more stylish as seafood, the geoduck has been the topic of pranks, television specials, and gourmand feasts. yet this shellfish is so priceless it's also traded for hundreds of thousands of greenbacks at the black market— a global the place outlaw scuba divers stay clear of law enforcement officials whereas utilizing souped-up boats, night-vision goggles, and weighted belts to pluck the succulent treasures from the ocean ground. And the best hazards come from rival poachers who inn to arson and hit males to do away with festival and stake their declare within the geoduck marketplace.
Detective Ed Volz spent his existence chasing elk-antler thieves, bobcat smugglers, and eagle talon poachers. Now he was firm to discover the kingpin of the geoduck underworld. He and a group of federal brokers manage unlawful revenues, secretly recorded conversations, and photographed hand-offs from the trees. For years, they tracked a rogues' gallery of lawbreakers, who finally led them to the largest thief of all— a darkly captivating con guy who known as himself the "Geoduck Gotti" and who labored each side of the legislation.
In Shell Games, veteran environmental journalist Craig Welch delves into the wilds of our nation's waters and forests looking for a few of America's most original criminals and the police officers who're on a project to take them down. This exciting exam of the overseas black marketplace for natural world is full of butterfly thieves, undergo slayers, and shark-trafficking pastors— all a part of one of many biggest unlawful trades on the planet.
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Branson, Mary Kinney. II. Title. 250973—dc22 2011004988 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper Acknowledgments Introduction: Forgotten, As a Dream Chapter 1: How Old Is Cold? Chapter 2: Why Temperatures Drop Chapter 3: Turning Up the Heat Chapter 4: New Hope for Old Cases Chapter 5: Investigation Chapter 6: Advanced Cold Case Techniques Chapter 7: Why Colder Can Be Hotter Chapter 8: How Cases Ice Over Chapter 9: Keeping Up the Heat Chapter 10: Speaking for the Victims Index Conducting an investigation is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.
During this assignment, he discovered a keen interest and ability in handling older cases. When the task force disbanded in 2001, he joined Charlotte's Sexual Assault Unit. ” Troy has helped solve more than a hundred sexual-assault cold cases, resulting in the conviction of more than twenty suspects with combined sentences of more than 850 years. Troy is in high demand as a speaker and instructor, and he generously shared his extensive experience and insights to enrich this book. When asked the reasons for his success, Troy says, “Over the years literally hundreds of people have been involved in our cold case successes.
Sometimes a second interview or additional media coverage will help a witness realize that his or her help is still vital to solving the case. CASES GO COLD WHEN WITNESSES HOLD INFORMATION FOR LATER NEGOTIATIONS. As a prosecutor, Goodwin has encountered repeat criminals who had information that they knew could benefit them in the future, so they held onto it until it was most beneficial. ” After the particularly brutal murder of a homeless woman in Anchorage, Alaska, a career criminal offered information about the killer, saying he had been with the killer the night he committed the murder.