The Feather Thief : Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
by Kirk Wallace Johnson
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Who Is Edwin RistA stroke of genius or NarcissismMastermind or pawn themOne summer evening in 2009, twenty years of Edwin Rist prodigy music burst into the British Museum of Natural HistoryA few hours later, he slipped away with a suitcase full of rare birds specimens collected over the centuries around the world, all with a dazzling array of priceless feathersKirk Wallace Johnson was the size and depth in a river in New Mexico, when he first heard about the hold-up, from his fly-fishing guideWhen he discovered that the thief had escaped from prison, and that half of the birds were never found, Johnson undertook long years in the world of investigation that led him deep into the highly secret, underground community obsessed with the art of the Victorian salmon fly-tying eraA turn-page-history of a strange and shocking crime, The Thief’s Pen shines a light on our heavy relationship with the natural world is more beautiful and precious wonders, and a man’s incessant quest for justice
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