The Feather Thief by Kirk W. Johnson

The Feather Thief

A rollicking true-crime adventure and a thought-provoking exploration of the human drive to possess natural beauty for readers of The Stranger in the Woods, The Lost City of Z, and The Orchid Thief.On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London’s Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest or...


Details The Feather Thief

TitleThe Feather Thief
Author
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherViking
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, History, Mystery, Science, Animals
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Reviews The Feather Thief

  • KC
    2018-01-27
    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft and while still a young teenager, became a master tier within the competitive and elusive world. In 2009 while studying at London's Royal Academy of Music, Edwin beg...
  • Matt
    2018-03-16
    A quick look at the details of the true crime story that drives this narrative and I was hooked. A 19-year old flute-playing savant who steals an invaluable collection of rare bird skins by breaking into a British museum, all so he can tie Victorian salmon flies? BRING IT ON!!! I'm happy to relate that the story is just as compelling as it sounds, inspiring a marathon reading session that kept me staying up late into the night. What I didn't expe...
  • Nicki
    2018-04-04
    Fascinating account. Full review to follow.
  • Kristen Beverly
    2018-03-29
    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can’t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we’re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren’t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to those feathers? Where did they go? What did Edwin do with them? So crazy how it twists your mind into actually caring about some feathers and what happened to them. :)
  • Randal White
    2018-04-13
    As a fly fisherman, fly tier, and former policeman, I found this book to be an absolute home run! A young "savant", Edwin Rist, had everything going for him. A brilliant flautist, he and his brother (also a savant), discovered the art of tying Atlantic Salmon flies. Throwing themselves into the hobby, they soon discovered the extreme costs and rarity of some of the required feathers. These feathers come from some of the rarest birds in the world,...
  • JackiexA1
    2018-03-27
    March Book ReviewA quick look at the details of the true crime story that drives this narrative and I was hooked. A 19-year old flute-playing savant who steals an invaluable collection of rare bird skins by breaking into a British museum, all so he can tie Victorian salmon flies? BRING IT ON!!! I'm happy to relate that the story is just as compelling as it sounds, inspiring a marathon reading session that kept me staying up late into the night. W...
  • RMazin
    2018-04-06
    The Feather Thief has it all: a mystery, a hunt, quirky characters, arcane birding history, fly-tying and a great story. How all these elements weave together in a successful book is a tribute to the author. Kirk Wallace Johnson happened to be fly-fishing on a New Mexico river when his guide began telling him about an unusual theft at the Tring, a British Museum. Johnson was quickly mesmerized and knew he had to pursue this story. There were many...
  • Maxwell Leaning
    2018-04-04
    This true crime novel can essentially be broken down into four different segments: the first being a brief look at naturalists such as Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin, followed by a brief history of Victorian Fashion and it's use of feathers from various species of birds, the heist itself by fly-tying-flautist Edwin Rist, and wrapping up with an investigation of the crime by the author, Kirk Wallace Johnson.I picked up this book as an AR...
  • Jordan
    2018-04-02
    Entertaining. Immersive. Eye-opening. This is an incredibly fun read that's part mystery and part exposé, pulling the veil back on a subculture that, frankly, I didn't know existed. Kirk is fearless, exposing the historic and surprisingly current fascination with rare bird feathers, and the crazy lengths people go to obtain them and protect them. Loved this book!
  • Carolyn Hutchinson
    2018-04-13
    Fascinating! You almost can't believe this is a true story. Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, this page-turner educates and entertains at the same time. It will draw you in and keep you up at night wanting to find out more. Highly recommended!
  • Nichole
    2018-02-01
    What a bizarre story but so fascinating.