The Feather Thief

The Feather Thief

Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

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On a cool June evening in 2009, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist grabbed hundreds of bird skins - some collected 150 years earlier - and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? This is the gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice. Print run 50,000.
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781101981610
110198161X
9780525559092
0525559094
Branch Call Number: 364.16285 N2193J 2018
Characteristics: x, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

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This fascinating account of a bizarre heist of rare bird skins from the British Natural History Museum in 2009 leads readers into an unexpected place – the little-known world of Victorian-era fly-tying enthusiasts.


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