On August 13 at 2:30, we’ll discuss the whydunit thriller The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson at St. Matthew’s.

A rollicking true-crime adventure and a captivating journey into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers.

Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about Edwin Rist and his heist of hundreds of bird skins—some collected 150 years earlier by naturalist and explorer Alfred Wallace. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? This gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man’s relentless pursuit of justice, is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man’s destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

Save the date: On September 10 we will discuss Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.