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

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Author: Johnson, Kirk Wallace
ISBN: 9780099510666
Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE UK
Year First Published: 2019
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 195mm x 129mm x 23mm
Format: Paperback / softback

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLD DAGGER AWARD

‘A tale of obsession … vivid and arresting’ The Times

One summer evening in 2009, twenty-year-old musical prodigy Edwin Rist broke into the Natural History Museum at Tring, home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world. Once inside, Rist grabbed as many rare bird specimens as he was able to carry before escaping into the darkness.

Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist-deep in a river in New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide first told him about the heist. But what would possess a person to steal dead birds? And had Rist paid for his crime? In search of answers, Johnson embarked upon a worldwide investigation, leading him into the fiercely secretive underground community obsessed with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.

Was Edwin Rist a genius or narcissist? Mastermind or pawn?