The Feather Thief The Natural History Heist of the Century

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Publisher's Synopsis


'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?

Book information

ISBN: 9780099510666
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Windmill Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 364.1628598074
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 297 page, 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 250g
Height: 199mm
Width: 135mm
Spine width: 21mm