"Everything the author touches in this thoroughly engaging true-crime tale turns to storytelling gold...Johnson's flair for telling an engrossing story is, like the beautiful birds he describes, exquisite.  A superb tale about obsession, nature, and man's 'unrelenting desire to lay claim to its beauty, whatever the cost.'"

Kirkus (Starred Review)

"[An] enthralling account of a truly bizarre crime…a page-turner"

Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)

"[a] rollicking true-crime adventure about obsession and the siren call of the wild"

Goodreads ("23 Big Books of Spring")

"[A] thrilling read."

Bustle ("The 9 Most Anticipated True Crime Books of 2018")

"You'll never look at a feather in the same way again after reading this riveting detective story...[a] fantastical narrative which brilliantly weaves together Alfred Russel Wallace, the surprisingly shadowy history of fly fishing, conservation and the plumage of the most beautiful birds on Earth."

Bookseller ("Editor's Choice - April 2018")

"An adventure caper, a dose of true crime, and an obsession with the natural world fill this exciting spring release...fascinating from the first page to the last—you won’t be able to put it down."

Southern Living ("Our Bookshelves Can't Wait for these 2018 Spring Releases")

"[A] batshit insane story"

Chicago Reader ("Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018")


Goodreads ("40 of the Hottest Mysteries & Thrillers of 2018")

"This gem of a book, about a heist of archival birds, is marvelous, moving, and transcendent. I can’t stop thinking about it."

Dean King, bestselling author of Skeletons on the Zahara and The Feud
"This is the type of book I absolutely love – one that takes a seemingly obscure topic and shines a brilliant and bizarre and endlessly fascinating light upon it. The crime itself is riveting, but Kirk Wallace Johnson’s portrayal of the crazy world of feather fanatics makes this an unforgettable read."
Michael Finkel, author of The Stranger in the Woods

"A true-crime tale that weaves seemingly unrelated threads—a museum break-in; the development of evolutionary theory; a case of post-Iraq PTSD; endangered birds; and (above all) the murky underworld of fly-tying obsessives—into a spellbinding narrative tapestry."

Mark Adams, author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu

"This extraordinary book exposes an international underground that traffics in rare and precious natural resources, yet was previously unknown to all but a few. A page-turning read you won’t soon forget, The Feather Thief tells us as much about our cultural priorities as it does about the crimes themselves. There’s never been anything like it."

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs

"The Feather Thief is a captivating tale of an unlikely thief and his even more unlikely crime, and a meditation on obsession, greed, and the sheer fascination in something as seemingly simple as a feather."

Paul Collins, author of The Murder of the Century

"A stirring examination of the devastating effects of human greed on endangered birds, a powerful argument for protecting our environment—and, above all, a captivating crime story."

Peter Wohlleben, Author of The Hidden Life of Trees

A signed bookplate (and, if time permits, a trout fly tied by the author) will be mailed to anyone who forwards a screenshot of their pre-order (including mailing address) to kwj [at] thefeatherthief.com

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