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Five Incredibly Prolific Authors

Impressed by feats of literary excellence? Well, check out this list of some of the most intensely prolific authors to date!

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6 Books to Read If You Couldn’t Stop Watching ‘Tiger King’

Looking for something to fill that feline-shaped hole left in your heart after finishing Netflix’s Tiger King? Were you obsessed with the bizarre underworld of animal smuggling and big cat breeding, and with the eccentric characters that populated said world? If so, I’ve got good news for you, as I’ve compiled a short list of the most addictive reads that’ll have you devouring the pages until the next Memorial Day. 

1. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

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Craving another crime at the zoo? This electrifying literary thriller introduces an unforgettable mother and son, whose simple trip to the zoo one afternoon is transformed into three hours of terror and survival. This exhilerating novel follows Joan and her four-year-old son Lincoln as they race to keep one step ahead of danger among the hidden pathways and exhibits of an empty zoo.

 

 

2. The Lizard King by Bryan Christy

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Did you think Joe Exotic was the only animal king? Said to be The Sopranos with snakes, The Lizard King is a fascinating account of a father and son family business suspected of smuggling reptiles, and the federal agent who tried to take them down. When Bryan Christy began to investigate the world of reptile smuggling, he had no idea what he would be in for. In the course of his research, he was bitten between the eyes by a blood python, chased by a mother alligator, and sprayed by a bird-eating tarantula.

Michael J. Van Nostrand, owner of Strictly Reptiles, a thriving family business in Hollywood, Florida. Van Nostrand was suspected of being a reptile smuggler by Special Agent Chip Bepler of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who devoted years of his life in an obsessive quest to expose The Lizard King’s cold-blooded crimes. How does this cat-and-mouse game end? You have to read it to find out!

 

3. Killing for Profit by Julian Rademeyer

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Also known as Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade, Julian tells the engrossing true story of the greed, corruption and depravity of a ruthless criminal enterprise based in Southeast Asia, where a rhino horn is worth more than gold. This is the chilling story of a more than two-year-long investigation into a dangerous criminal underworld where merciless syndicates will stop at nothing to attain their prize, and the increasingly desperate battle to save the rhino from extinction. 

 

4. Poached by Rachel Love Nuwer 

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An intrepid investigation of the criminal world of wildlife trafficking – the poachers, the traders, and the customers – and of those fighting against it, journalist Rachel Love Nuwer plunges the reader into the underground of global wildlife trafficking, a topic she has been investigating for nearly a decade. 

 

 

5. Going Clear by lawrence wright

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Big Cat Resue is not the only infamous Florida establishment with dubious things going on behind the scenes. Going Clear takes readers inside the Church of Scientology, including its legendary Clearwater compound, to examine religious fanaticism, another excellent entry into the “sometimes truth is stranger than fiction” category that Tiger King currently dominates. 

 

6. To Fetch A Thief by spencer quinn

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Chet has smelled a lot of unusual things in his years as trusted companion and partner to P.I. Bernie Little, but nothing has prepared him for the exotic scents he encounters when an old-fashioned traveling circus comes to town. Oh, and Chet is also a dog. The only problem is that Peanut, the headlining elephant of this one-ring circus, has gone missing along with her trainer. How does an elephant vanish without a trace? Chet and Bernie try to find out, but some dangerous people would prefer that the two leave well enough alone, and are determined to make that happen by any means.

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