The Feather Thief : Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, Hardback Book

The Feather Thief : Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Hardback

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Who is Edwin Rist?Genius or Narcissist? Mastermind or Pawn?One summer evening in 2009, twenty-year-old musical prodigy Edwin Rist broke into the British Museum of Natural History.

Hours later, he slipped away with a suitcase full of rare bird specimens collected over the centuries from across the world, all featuring a dazzling array of priceless feathers.

Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist-deep in a river in New Mexico when he first heard about the heist, from his fly-fishing guide.

When he discovered that the thief evaded prison, and that half the birds were never recovered, Johnson embarked upon a years-long worldwide investigation which led him deep into the fiercely secretive underground community obsessed with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.

A page-turning story of a bizarre and shocking crime, The Feather Thief shines a light on our fraught relationship with the natural world's most beautiful and valuable wonders, and one man's relentless quest for justice.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9781786330130

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