Shell Games: A True Story Of Cops, Con Men, And The Smuggling Of America’s Strangest Wildlife
Shell Games: A True Story of Cops, Con Men, and the Smuggling of America’s Strangest Wildlife
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 nature’s 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 clam—the Geoduck—and then led wildlife police on a two-year-long chase, Shell Games is enthralling and remarkable from page one on.
In his first book, award-winning journalist Welch covers the wildlife crime beat in Puget Sound, where shellfish poachers wreak havoc on the region’s once bountiful, now imperiled marine ecosystem. Writing with the sizzle of a mystery novelist, Welch portrays a complex, driven, and irresistible cast of real-life characters, from fish cops Ed Volz and Kevin Harrington to Doug Tobin, a larger-than-life Native American fisherman. Tobin was an invaluable if volatile informant, leading Volz and Harrington to rival underworld shellfish kingpins, but the detectives fear Tobin himself may be a master shellfish...