Tailspin: The Untold Story of Major Call's Life of Crime

Tailspin: The Untold Story of Major Call's Life of Crime

by Bernard F. Conners


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ISBN-13: 9780945167532
Publisher: British American Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 11/28/2003
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 591,522
Product dimensions: 9.54(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.12(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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Tailspin: The Untold Story of Major Call's Life of Crime 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DameMuriel on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book is about my grandfather, James A. Call. I have no idea how much of it is true. I'm not a fan of this book, not so much because of what it accuses my grandfather of as for the fact that it is so poorly written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new evidence in this edition is fascinating. Don't miss this book! You can't go wrong--whether you like a great read or are fascinated by true crime. I'm not a crime buff by any means, but once I started Tailspin I could not put it down. Major Call is one of the most amazing characters that I have ever encountered. The author weaves meticulous research with a narrative that keeps the book moving at breakneck speed. He also cracks the 50-year-old case that inspired 'The Fugitive.' Spectacular!