Skyjack: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper

Skyjack: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper

by Geoffrey Gray
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Skyjack: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper by Geoffrey Gray

The true story of the unsolved 1971 Northwest Orient airplane hijacking, Skyjack reopens one of the greatest cold cases of the 20th century.

“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 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.

Starting with a crack tip from a private investigator, author Geoffrey Gray plunges into the murky depths of the decades-old mystery to chase down new clues and explore the secret lives of the cases's cast of characters and most promising 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 (nee Bobby) Dayton, a transgendered pilot who insisted she was Cooper herself.

The case of D.B. Cooper is a modern legend that has obsessed and cursed his pursuers for generations. Now with Skyjack, Gray obtians a first-ever look at the FBI's confidential Cooper file, uncovering new leads in the infamous case and providing readers with explosive new information.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307451309
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 519,561
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

The Jump

The Hunt

The Curse





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Skyjack 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Jefferson_Thomas More than 1 year ago
Don't bother. This book jumps around from one improbable suspect to another (a transsexual? Really? Look at the before picture again.) and one decade to another entirely too often. I realize the story is muddled, but that's no excuse for the author to be too. If they weren't so tragic, his fears that he might win a Pulitzer would be funny. No one will ever win anything from this book, except possibly some sort of prize for slogging all the way through it. What makes it all the sadder, of course, is that it didn't have to be this way. Additional Cooper evidence came to light just before this book was published. The right thing to have done would have been to stop production of this book, add the new evidence, remove the irrelevant portions of this book and publish a better book! On the plus side (yes, there is one), this book provides more than one sketch of Cooper based on the witnesses, additional information about the kid who found some of the money and more detail about the parachutes. Read it, but do not be fooled by it!
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DavidPes More than 1 year ago
It was written to keep you interested, so every chapter tells a different angle of a story. Sounds great. But I got lost, then I got bored. Not good.
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ejknyc More than 1 year ago
If you read this book expecting it to break the DB Cooper case, you're crazy. Skyjack does a great job letting you live through the many people who have hunted for Cooper, either historically, or through the eyes of the author as he himself hunted for Cooper clues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is too disjointed for me to recommend it. Jumping between characters and generations made this harder to follow than I would have liked. Also, the author goes out of his way to portray a few people in a fairly negative light. I hardly think that was necessary. Most of all, the ending is too abrupt, and as I turned the page, I seriously thought I had something missing from my book. Nope. It's as if time was up, gotta turn it in, ready or not. This is Mr. Gray's first book but that still does not excuse the lackluster finished product.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much jumping around. Decade to decade. Too many different people to have to keep track of. After all is said and done-nothing new to report.