Skyjack: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper

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Crown, Aug 9, 2011 - True Crime - 336 pages
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The true, unsolved story of D. B. Cooper’s 1971 airplane hijacking, one of the greatest cold cases of the twentieth century
 
“Here is writing and storytelling that is vivid and fresh—a delectable adventure.”—Gay Talese

“I have a bomb here and I would like you to sit by me.”

 
That was the note handed to a stewardess by a mild-mannered passenger on a Northwest Orient flight in 1971. It was also the start of one of the most astonishing aviation whodunits in the history of American true crime: how one man extorted $200,000 from an airline before parachuting into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, never to be seen again.

The case of D. B. Cooper is a modern legend that has obsessed and cursed his pursuers for generations with everything from bankruptcy to suicidal despair. Now, with Skyjack, Geoffrey Gray obtains a first-ever look at the FBI’s confidential Cooper file, uncovering new leads in the infamous case. 
 
Starting with a crack tip from a private investigator, Gray plunges into the murky depths of the decades-old mystery to chase down new clues and explore secrets of the case’s most prominent suspects, including Ralph Himmelsbach, the most dogged of FBI agents, who watched with horror as a criminal became a counter-culture folk hero; Karl Fleming, a respected reporter whose career was destroyed by a D. B. Cooper scoop that was a scam; and Barbara (née Bobby) Dayton, a transgender pilot who insisted she was Cooper herself. With explosive new information, Skyjack reopens one of the great cold cases of the twentieth century.
 

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User Review  - Ken-Me-Old-Mate - LibraryThing

The story of DB Cooper who hijacked a plane, jumped out with a paracute and a backpack full of money and was never seen again. Legend in his lifetime, assuming he lived! It is everything you would expect and I’d recommend that you only read it if there is nothing else to read Read full review

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User Review  - beebowallace - LibraryThing

I've always been interested in the D.B. Cooper story since I first heard it as a kid ... This was a good listen covering the story, the suspects and the investigation pretty well. I'm pretty sure ... Read full review

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GEOFFREY GRAY writes about crime, politics, sports, travel and food. He is a contributing editor at New York Magazine, covered boxing for The New York Times and for programs like This American Life, writes for other newspapers and magazines, and once drove an ice-cream truck. SKYJACK is his first book.

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