Posts Tagged ‘Tucson Citizen’

Lizard King Named One of Best Books of 2008

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Larry Cox has named The Lizard King one of the best books of the year.  Cox reviews a hell of a lot of books so it’s a great capper on 2008:

“The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World’s Greatest Reptile Smugglers” by Bryan Christy (Twelve, $24.99)

Christy, an attorney and freelance writer, exposes one of the most underreported fields of international crime – reptile smuggling. His fascinating book investigates this subculture filled with intrigue, shady characters and violence. Think “Sopranos” but with less of the charm. This no-nonsense, impeccably researched book is an example of exceptional crime reporting that is both impassioned and focused.

Best – and a Couple of Worst – Books of 2008, Larry Cox, Tucson Citizen, Dec. 31, 2008

Inferior Department: Too Much Turkey, Not Enough Beef

Friday, November 28th, 2008

This fall the Bush Administration, led by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and others, has been working to gut the Endangered Species Act by shifting responsibility for the Act away from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and passing it out piecemeal to government agencies in charge of dam building, highway construction, and other forms of development.  In other words, handing the henhouse keys to the fox.  (Even though this metaphor doesn’t quite work it’s still more effective than any non-wildlife government agency would be at implementing the Endangered Species Act. ) 

Now, the day after Thanksgiving, we get this Black Friday garter snake news that the USFWS does not even have the funds to carry out its own responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act.  It should be no surprise that the first warnings of new danger for our wildlife come from a reptile.  How we treat reptiles is often a very good sign of how we will soon treat “higher” animals.  Check out the Center for Biological Diversity website to keep abreast of how the U.S. government is doing on wildlife protection.  Here’s the story from the Tucson Citizen:

Feds: No funds to list garter snake as endangered
by B. POOLE <>
Published: 11.26.2008, Tucson Citizen

A snake native to southern Arizona deserves endangered species protection,
but the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has no resources to make that happen,
the service said this week.


Grade A from Tucson

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Okay, The Lizard King officially hits bookstores on Friday.  Reviews are starting to pop up, I’ve got some radio interviews coming that I have to put up on the appearances board. 

Here’s a nice review from the Tucson Citizen.  Larry Cox gives the book an A, and includes this:

In no-nonsense, crisply written prose, Christy serves up a timely, relevant book. His research is impeccable and his narrative impassioned and focused. This is exceptional crime reporting by a courageous man who went to unbelievable means to get his story…