Saturday, June 20, 2020

Nut Jobs: Cracking California's Strangest $10 Million Dollar Heist, by Marc Fennel (author, narrator)

Audible Studios, June 2020

Marc Fennel is an Australian reporter who came to the US to do an Audible Original story on nut heists.

Yes, nut heists. Thefts of almonds and other nuts, grown in California, and sold all over the world at a very high profit.

The high profit margin means there's a lot of incentive to steal truckloads of nuts and sell them elsewhere. And loads of raw nuts, not yet processed and packaged, are really hard to distinguish from each other, whether stolen or legit.
The fact that our transportation of goods of all kinds depends on lots and lots of independent truckers whose livelihood depends on never driving empty if they can avoid it means that it's easy to divert and move your stolen load of nuts. Or Sephora cosmetics. Or anything else.

Fennel does a great job of making this both a fascinating tale, and an entertaining one--enlivened, occasionally, with his three-year-old and five-year-old children, who love the nuts he's investigating and discovering may come with their own truckload of ethical issues he never previously imagined.

This is both informative, and a lot of fun. Recommended.

I got this audiobook as part of Audible's monthly free Audible Originals, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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