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New York Times: Christy “WENT NATIVE”! … THE LIZARD KING Makes the NY Times, AGAIN!

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Sunday, New York Times Book Review



The True Crimes and Passions of the World’s Greatest Reptile Smugglers
By Bryan Christy
239 pp. Twelve. $24.99

Smugglers with lizards stuffed in their underwear waltzing through customs in American airports; designers breeding large pythons into dazzling colors and selling them as living art for as much as $85,000 — these and other eye-popping details are plentiful in “The Lizard King,” Bryan Christy’s lively first book…[I]t hit me like a body blow…  READ THE FULL REVIEW…


A little over a week ago, NY Times literary critic Janet Maslin issued a heart-warming review of THE LIZARD KING.  Today sees another review by Terry Jentz in the Times Sunday Book ReviewIn the book world there is no better news!  Ms. Jentz was surpised the book’s tone wasn’t darker, but after years deep in the blood and guts of the wildlife trade for THE LIZARD KING and for National Geographic I believe that what the world needs is a look at smuggling from the inside out.  You only have to read notorious reptile smuggler Tom Crutchfield’s T-Shirt to understand what an inside-out view looks like:  Smuggling:  It’s Not Just a Job, It’s an Adventure!   Like it or not, smuggling is done by men and women with smiles on their faces.  How we respond, of course, can be a different matter.  In today’s review, Ms. Jentz didn’t like Mike Van Nostrand and wanted me to dislike him, too.  But Van Nostrand opened his business to me to honor the man who’d sent him to prison.  You can dislike what a man’s done without denying him his humanity–a lesson Agent Chip Bepler leaves us all.