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The Flight of the Falcon: The True Story of the Escape and Manhunt for America's Most Wanted Spy

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Christopher John Boyce was a son of affluence and privilege whose disaffection with America led him to sell to the Soviets sophisticated and highly secret spy-satellite information.
Eventually uncovered and arrested, Boyce was convicted of espionage in Los Angeles, California, on June 20, 1977, and sentenced to forty years in a maximum-security federal penitentiary. Soon after his imprisonment, Boyce--the man prosecutors said had done more harm...

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Overview

Christopher John Boyce was a son of affluence and privilege whose disaffection with America led him to sell to the Soviets sophisticated and highly secret spy-satellite information.
Eventually uncovered and arrested, Boyce was convicted of espionage in Los Angeles, California, on June 20, 1977, and sentenced to forty years in a maximum-security federal penitentiary. Soon after his imprisonment, Boyce--the man prosecutors said had done more harm to the security of the United States than any Soviet agents since the Rosenbergs--escaped.
Boyce was to become America's most wanted fugitive and the focus of an unprecedented, massive manhunt for eighteen months. Scores of FBI agents and U.S. Marshals sifted through hundreds of false leads. They traveled countless miles back and forth across America, to South Africa, through the isolated jungles of Central America. They were called on the carpet by Congressional committees for the often-publicized and embarassing lack of reults.
Although THE FLIGHT OF THE FALCON is a thrilling chase and suspense story, it is also a fine study of character and psychological drama--the metamorphosis of an idealistic young man into a coarse and violent criminal fugitive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585747719
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT LINDSEY is the author of several books, including The Falcon and the Snowman (page 126), the story of Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee, who were both convicted of selling information to the Soviets. He worked as a reporter and editor at the San Jose Mercury-News and The New York Times, and also served as the Los Angeles bureau chief for The Times.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 15
Could anyone in this Chamber tell me what has become of Mr. Boyce? 19
Where every day is Sunday 211
The salmon is close 269
Epilogue 313
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2005

    Compelling and Fascinating True Spy

    Whether you love him or hate him, want him to get caught, or want him to escape this is a very interesting read. It breaks down some barriers in getting to know who Christopher Boyce is, why he might've acted the way he did, who he became in prison and how this contrasted with who he was when he made his escape. I don't necessarily agree with all of the authors remarks, but its still a good read.

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