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Adventures, Quests, and Crazy Obsessions

What does it take to get to the bottom a of crime against nature? Three best-selling authors talk about the crimes and crazy obsessions that lead them to write their fascinating books. From the search for dinosaur bone thieves, to a modern-day quest for a famous 17th-century sunken pirate ship, to the rescue of an endangered species on the brink in the Gulf of California, these authors take us behind-the-scenes to talk about how these compelling books came to be and what they learned from them.

Brooke Bessesen

Brooke Bessesen has worked with wildlife for over thirty years. She's been eye-to-eye with humpback whales and surrounded by free-flying California condors. She has hand-raised a baby wallaby, rehabbed a rattlesnake, trained a tiger, and photo-identified dozens of wild bottlenose dolphins....

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Robert Kurson

Robert Kurson earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and a law degree from Harvard Law School. His award-winning stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Esquirewhere he was a contributing editor....

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Paige Williams

Paige Williams is a staff writer at The New Yorker. A National Magazine Award winner for feature writing, she has had her journalism anthologized in various volumes of the Best American series, including The Best American Magazine Writing and The Best American Crime Writing....

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