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4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable insight into the sheer range of wildlife crime, 29 Nov 2010
This review is from: The Thin Green Line (Paperback)
Alan Stewart is probably the most experienced and knowledgeable police wildlife officer in Scotland, and quite possibly the UK. His first book 'Wildlife Detective' was more biographical, detailing his own experiences of cases involving wildlife crime through his career. This book differs in that it features crimes from all over the UK. Rather than recounting his own experiences he is relaying those of many other investigators, and the author uses his knowledge of the subject and his story telling abilities to bring the details of cases alive.

The book is split into sections for different counties or regions of the UK, within which are a contained a range of varied cases involving wildlife crime. There is a surprising range of crimes covered, from poaching to egg stealing, bulb theft to environmental damage, raptor persecution to dolphin 'bothering', you name it, and some police officer somewhere in these islands has had to deal with it. There is even the odd story here and there that turns out not to be about a crime but is all in a days work for a WCO, such as the kangaroo reported leaping around Cardiff that turned out to be....well you'll just have to read it.
This is an interesting insight into the breadth of crimes committed against wildlife, and perhaps more importantly the real difficulties that the police have in investigating these crimes. However, it appears that the difficulty in investigating them is dwarfed by the difficulty in prosecuting them and many of the culprits ultimately go free on technicalities, or if found guilty are 'punished' with minimal fines. All in all it seems that the work of the wildlife crime officer, while sometimes exciting may often be a slightly thankless task. The Author recounts all of these stories in a gentle easy to read style, not too technical (in terms of wildlife or the law) and details of cases are clearly explained. This book is suitable for even the most casual of readers as each case is self contained and most are 3 or 4 pages long. I also think that many of the stories would be good for reading by older school kids and I know this a subject often used to engage kids with the police, so teachers take note.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The thin green line, by Alan Stewart, 24 Nov 2009
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Any one interested in wildlife should read this book, it shows the other side, of the world of the wild.
It shows a side of humans that is definitly not humane.
I would recomend this book to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Other Wildlife Detective, 16 Feb 2014
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This is the follow-on book to Wildlife Detective. It is again the sort of book that you cant put down.
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