Kirk Wallace Johnson
This engrossing true adventure takes readers into the underground world of fly-tiers and feather thieves. A heist from the British Museum of Natural History’s ornithological collection catapults the author into a world-wide, years-long quest to understand how far the deeply obsessive pursuit of rare feathers can take fly-tiers.
“Fascinating . . . a complex tale of greed, deception, and ornithological sabotage.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Fascinating from the first page to the last—you won’t be able to put it down.”
“A fascinating book . . . the kind of intelligent reported account that alerts us to a threat and that, one hopes, will never itself be endangered.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Thrilling . . . This book is The Orchid Thief for the fly-fishing and birding set.”
—Paris Review, “Staff Picks”