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A HUNT FOR JUSTICE: THE TRUE STORY OF A WOMAN UNDERCOVER WILDLIFE AGENT
Author: Lucinda Delaney Schroeder
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), Apr 2006
An explosive, first-person account of an illegal Alaskan big-game hunting camp brought down by one woman. 6x9 inches, 264 pgs.
For thirty years, Lucinda Delaney Schroeder held an unusual government position: she was one of the handful of women special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Her job: to investigate crimes against wildlife. Unlike the majority of hunters who respect both their prey and the laws, evidence was piling up against an unscrupulous outfitter who was decimating populations of big game in Alaska's Brooks Range. In August 1992, she accepted an assignment that forever changed--and endangered--her life. She left her husband and seven-year-old daughter behind in Wisconsin and posed as a big-game hunter in Alaska in order to infiltrate an international ring of poachers out to kill the biggest and best of that state's wildlife.
A Hunt for Justice recounts her dramatic story--a story she was not legally permitted to write about until her retirement in 2004.
Risking personal safety, Schroeder joined a team of government agents to expose and arrest the poachers. Posing as "Jayne," a divorcee who was willing to break the rules in order to hunt trophy animals, the diminutive blue-eyed blonde fooled criminals so wily that their crimes could only be cracked from within. A Hunt for Justice takes readers along on Schroeder's dangerous and exciting mission. More than simply an adventure or true-crime tale, it's a story of a woman surviving in a male-dominated field, a woman against the wilderness, and a wife and mother risking it all for a cause she believes in. Whether you are a crime buff, nature lover, sports hunter, or someone who just loves a gripping-first-person tale of justice triumphing over evil, this book is for you.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"It's a true story that reads like a mystery."--Tony Hillerman, best-selling author of the Joe Leaphorn series.
"A Hunt for Justice is a superb, true-life mystery that raises important issues about the protection of Alaskan wildlife and those criminals who would destroy it. An exceptional debut and a riveting page-turner destined to win Lucinda Delaney Schroeder well deserved praise." --Michael McGarrity, best-selling author of the Kevin Kerney novel series.
"A suspenseful page-turner and a tale of true courage, A Hunt for Justice should be read by everyone who cares about wildlife as well as every woman who has struggled for recognition in a male-dominated culture."
--Ted Kerasote, author of Bloodties: Nature, Culture, and the Hunt
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lucinda D. Schroeder was a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1974 to 2004. She was not allowed to write about her experiences until she retired, but in 1994, she appeared on A&E to discuss the operation. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.