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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Pittman Narrator: Gary D. MacFadden Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After its Peruvian discovery in 2002, Phragmipedium kovachii became the rarest and most sought-after orchid in the world. Prices soared to $10,000 on the black market. Then one showed up at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where every year more than 100,000 people visit. They come for the lush landscape on Sarasota Bay and for Selby's vast orchid collection, one of the most magnificent in the world.

The collision between Selby's scientists and the smugglers of Phrag. kovachii, a rare ladyslipper orchid hailed as the most significant and beautiful new species discovered in a century, led to search warrants, a grand jury investigation, and criminal charges. It made headlines around the country, cost the gardens hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, and led to tremendous internal turmoil.

Investigative journalist Craig Pittman unravels this tangled web to shine a spotlight on flaws in the international treaties governing trade in endangered wildlife-which may protect individual plants and animals in shipping but do little to halt the destruction of whole colonies in the wild.

The Scent of Scandal unspools like a riveting mystery novel, stranger than anything in Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief or the film Adaptation. Pittman shows how some people can become so obsessed-with beauty, with profit, with fame-that they will ignore everything, even the law.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 11/29/2013

    " Written by a newspaper reporter and reads like an extended news article. Interesting subject, learned a lot about orchids, import rules, smuggling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Helen | 9/27/2013

    " Botany can be exciting! I loved Craig's tale of skulduggery in the orchid world. Truth can be stranger than fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debbie | 6/27/2013

    " great start but dragged towards the end. interesting though, learned a little about the corrupt world of orchid's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cynthia Barnett | 2/9/2013

    " Pittman's best book yet and my favorite Florida book in some time. Fuses investigative reporting and true-crime writing to create the pace and tension of a great detective novel. "

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