Tailspin: The Strange Case of Major Call

Tailspin: The Strange Case of Major Call

by Bernard F. Conners


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ISBN-13: 9780945167501
Publisher: British American Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 05/28/2004
Pages: 506
Sales rank: 1,293,581
Product dimensions: 9.08(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.35(d)

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Robert Danzig

Bernie's books bind! They lock you in and say, 'Don't you dare put me down until the very last word of the very last page.' You are guaranteed a compelling read.
— Robert Danzig, Author and Speaker, Former Vice President and General Manager of Hearst Newspapers

William Kennedy

Tailspin is an intriguing mix of fictional method and dazzling fact, a key perhaps-coda most certainly-to one of America's most publicized murders of the 20th century. Bernard Conners again brings his FBI sleuthing expertise to bear on the did-he-or-didn't-he story of James Call, an Air Force major, a career criminal, a Jekyll and Hyde charmer, and the result is a true crime non-fiction novel of high order.

James Brady

The strange, unsettling story of an American war hero gone bad. If this were a novel you'd be tempted to protest the twists and turns as fictional excess. But Conners is telling the story of an actual person, Major James Call, gifted, charming, lethal, doomed.
— James Brady, author of The Marines of Autumn and Warning of War

Louis J. Freeh

A well-written and researched book, Tailspin reads with the excitement and detail of a fast-moving case. Mr. Conners' work is a fitting tribute to the heroic and able efforts of the men and women of the New York State Police.
— Louis J. Freeh, Former Director, FBI

Joseph E. Persico

What a read! Brilliant. Riveting to the last page.
— Joseph E. Persico Author of My American Journey (a collaboration with Colin Powell) and Roosevelt's Secret War

George A. Plimpton

Tailspin is an astonishing work that is not only riveting to read but casts new light on one of the more notorious murder cases of the last century. Conners' years spent researching his subject is time well spent for his reputation as a writer. Tailspin offers a startling solution to a crime that has puzzled the nation for fifty years.

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I recently came into possession of Tailspin, authored by best selling author Bernard F. Conners. I gave the book a cursory examination and then started the read. I couldn't put the book down. The book contains 506 pages. It is about "The Strange case of Major James Call." Major Call had it all, intellectual,good looks,devoted wife and many more attributes including being an Air Force Hero. Where did this person, who had everything, go wrong? Haunted by the loss of his beautiful wife, this hero of many war time flying bombing missions, took to the path of crime, gambling and into the dark side of life. Author Conners in his writing takes you to the beautiful mountains of the Adirondacks and the usually peaceful community of Lake Placid, NY where burglaries occur at a Lake Placid Club and other residences. Lake Placid police officers check a camp and a gun battle erupts wounding the officers and eventually the death of one of the officers. The coolness displayed in the action by the shooter was obvious. The 106 day manhunt in the "Adirondack wilderness" takes many twists and turns with very able NY Troopers on the trails, through the wet lands, with bloodhounds pulling hard on the leashes of their handlers. One State Trooper Commander indicated that the shooter may have come to the mountains while hiding other serious crimes, one of which may have been the murder that took place in a midwestern city suburb on July 4th, 1954. The author brilliantly tells this true story veiled in a bit of fictionbal method. He skillfully puts the reader on the scene and brings out investigational techniques that flow well as the cases unfold. This work is a diamond in police investigation and I recommend it highly. This is a "real world" story amd I salute Mr. Conners for the time and energy that he expended in bringing this outstanding book to the readers of America and Canada. You also observe the professional ability of the New York State Troopers at their best. Thank you Mr. Conners for this outstanding book.