"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.'"
"[An] enthralling account of a truly bizarre crime…a page-turner"
"[a] rollicking true-crime adventure about obsession and the siren call of the wild"
"[A] thrilling read."
"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."
"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."
"[A] batshit insane story"
"This gem of a book, about a heist of archival birds, is marvelous, moving, and transcendent. I can’t stop thinking about it."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."