Owls, Hunting and Immigrants – what is the common denominator?

Night Falconer


Andy Straka

A Review for NetGalley

Another good book in this excellent series.

The bird of prey here is the long-eared eagle owl. which ranges across North America but is rarer in the UK – though I have seen them at falconry displays. They are quite large and impressive birds. owl

We also have a link to the Underground Slave Railway of the late 19th Century and then Prohibition too… both of which helped create tunnels and underground passages in the city especially New York.


One estimate suggests that by 1850, 100,000 slaves had escaped via the “Railroad”. (wikipedia). “Runtoon-station”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Runtoon-station.jpg#/media/File:Runtoon-station.jpg under station

We also hear briefly about the (semi-mythical) free slave village of Central Park in New York with parallels in the current story. This village – Seneca Village was a small village in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, founded by freed black people.[1] Seneca Village existed from 1825 through 1857, when it was torn down for the construction of Central Park. The village was located on about 5 acres (20,000 m2) between where 82nd and 89th Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenues[2] would now intersect [wikipedia]. According to Straka’s story Obadiah Robertson, a slave, helped found this village and supported it through hunting with falcons.

Another interesting discussion is about the different styles of hunting in the West from Arabia. And the photo  Clearly shows the cylinder used as opposed to the glove used in the West.arab falcon

As with all these books the style is easy to read and we learn history and falconry along with our mysteries without heavy facts but in a way that helps the story along.



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