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177 Dumbest Criminal Stories: International Book Review


By on 4/22/2015 06:33:00 AM

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177 dumbest criminal stories international - cover  copy I love crime stories--especially those told with an element of humor.  This is the third book that I have read and reviewed from Professor Leonard Birdsong.  What did I think of 177 Dumbest Criminal Stories:  International?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review.  All opinions and experiences are my own.

Quick summary of 177 Dumbest Criminal Stories:  International. Professor Birdsong is out with another volume of his Dumbest Criminal stories. And he has done it again! Many of his stories are so funny that they will make you laugh out loud. He has managed to use his expertise and experience in criminal law to bring you 177 more of the most outrageous and dumbest criminal law stories from around the world.

This new volume features stories of dumb criminals from China and the Far East, Stories from Around the Indian Ocean basin, Russia and Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom and France, as well as stories from Canada and Mexico.

There is the story about a South Korean airline passenger who was not allowed to bring a certain liquid on the plane. She drank the liquid in front of airline officials but refused to swallow. When officials made her spit the liquid into a bucket they found she was attempting to sneak dozens of tadpoles on board.

In India we learn about the use of “weapons-grade” spice wherein a group of criminals hijacked a train and freed a fellow gang member by throwing locally made chili powder in the face of police chasing them. They got away with it, too.

From Australia there was a 20-year-old thief who stole a tanker truck containing 5,811 gallons of milk and led police on a two hour chase.

From Poland we learn of a man who sued his ex-wife for a refund on the $8,000 he had spent on her breast implants.

The stories just go on and on; this book covers just about every silly, unlawful citizens from around the in the globe. The stories are all true stories. Full of his witty “Birdsong” commentary the book is sure to deliver some great laughs. Professor Birdsong presents a wide variety of just plain, dumb criminals that make this anthology worth reading and, will, as previously stated, at times, make you laugh out loud.

What did I think of  177 Dumbest Criminal Stories:  International.  Once again Professor Birdsong has compiled quite an assortment of criminal stories and illegal escapades from around the world.  Some stories will make readers simply ask, "Why would you even.....?"  Some stories will make readers marvel that some of the featured criminals survived.  Birdsong interjects his own sarcasm and commentary into each story to yield reader reactions ranging from eye rolling to full out laughter.

Would I recommend 177 Dumbest Criminal Stories:  International by Professor Birdsong?  These books offer short tales of mind boggling antics--making them perfect for light reading.  The stories are well written, entertaining and easy to read and enjoy.  If you enjoy stories about stupid criminals--or even about people finding themselves caught up in dumb situations--these stories may just be for you!

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About the author:

birdsong-colorProfessor Birdsong received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Howard University. He teaches law in Orlando, Florida. After graduation from law school he worked four years at the law firm of Baker Hostetler. He then entered into a varied and distinguished career in government service. He served as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department with various postings in Nigeria, Germany and the Bahamas. Professor Birdsong later served as a federal prosecutor. After leaving government service, and before he began teaching, Professor Birdsong was in private law practice in Washington, D.C.

Find Pfr Birdsong on his website and on Twitter @Prof_Birdsong  

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