Larry Cox reviewed Stolen World for King Features Syndicate in February:
When many of us visit our American public zoos, we rarely consider the fact that some of the animals being exhibited were possibly stolen from other parts of the world and smuggled into this country by professional thieves.
Jennie Erin Smith, an award-winning freelance science reporter, reveals this shady animal underworld in her new book, an incredible true tale that features unstable characters, shocking acts of thievery, brutal mind-boggling fights, and at the center of it all, splendid animals – many of which are on the endangered species list
... The author takes readers on a wild adventure that mainly focuses on two smugglers, Hank Molt, a former Kraft cheese employee who traveled throughout the world collecting rare and wonderful specimens, and Tommy Crutchfield, a Florida carpet salesman and gator wrestler, who was by the 1980s selling more snakes and lizards than almost anyone else in the business.
This is a remarkable book that is the result of over a decade of research. The reporting is first rate and the narrative as exciting as a well-written novel. One promise, if you read this excellent account, you will never see animals in a zoo quite the same way again. “Stolen World” is haunting, passionate, and cuts to the very heart of the illegal reptile trading world.