Catalog

Record Details

Catalog Search



The feather thief : beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century / Kirk Wallace Johnson.

Johnson, Kirk W., (author.).
Image of item

Available copies

  • 21 of 30 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

Current holds

1 current hold with 30 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Adams PL Sys. - Decatur Branch 364.16 JOH FEA (Text) 34207002155910 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Culver-Union Twp PL - Culver 364.1628598 JOHNSON (Text) 34304000903996 Adult - Nonfiction Available -
Danville-Center Twp PL - Danville 364.16 Joh (Text) 32604000205153 DCTPLD AD New Books Available -
Eckhart PL - Auburn Plaza 364.16 JOH (Text) 840191002514281 Auburn Plaza - New Adult Nonfiction Available -
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library 364.16 JOH (Text) 33187004333346 Nonfiction Available -
Greentown PL - Greentown 364.16 JOHNSON (Text) 75342000085967 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Greenwood PL - Greenwood 364.16 JOH (Text) 36626103941324 2nd Floor New Adult Checked out 08/21/2018
Jay Co PL - Portland 364.162 J67 (Text) 76383000458958 Adult New Shelf, NF Checked out 08/27/2018
Jefferson Co PL - Madison Main Branch 364.1628 JOHN (Text) 39391006875833 Nonfiction Checked out 08/24/2018
LaGrange Co PL - LaGrange Main Library 364.1628598 JOH (Text) 30477101157992 Adult: New Available -
Next 10 »

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781101981610
  • ISBN: 110198161X
  • ISBN: 9780525559092
  • ISBN: 0525559094
  • Physical Description: x, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue -- Dead birds and rich men. The trials of Alfred Russel Wallace ; Lord Rothschild's museum ; The feather fever ; Birth of a movement ; The Victorian Brotherhood of Fly-tiers ; The future of fly-tying -- The Tring heist. Featherless in London ; Plan for Museum Invasion.Doc ; The case of the broken window ; "A very unusual crime" ; Hot birds on a cold trail ; Fluteplayer 1988 ; Behind bars ; Rot in hell ; The diagnosis ; The Asperger's defense ; The missing skins -- Truth and consequences. The 21st International Fly Tying Symposium ; The lost memory of the ocean ; Chasing leads in a time machine ; Dr. Prum's thumb drive ; "I'm not a thief" ; Three days in Norway ; Michelangelo vanishes ; Flowers in the bloodstream.
Summary, etc.:
"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 ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins--some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them--and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature."--Page [2] of cover.
Subject: Rist, Edwin.
Natural History Museum (London, England)
Rist, Edwin.
Theft from museums > Great Britain > Case studies.
Zoological specimens > Great Britain > Case studies.
Fly tying > Great Britain > Case studies.
NATURE / Animals / Birds.
TRUE CRIME / General.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Museum Administration & Museology.
Natural history museums.
Genre: True crime stories.

Additional Resources