Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper

Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper


By (author) Geoffrey Gray, Read by Geoffrey Gray

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  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 28mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 9 August 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0307735796
  • ISBN 13: 9780307735799
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

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""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 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, then parachuted into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest and into oblivion. D. B. Cooper's case has become the stuff of legend and obsessed and cursed his pursuers with everything from bankruptcy to suicidal despair. Now with "SKYJACK," journalist Geoffrey Gray delves into this unsolved mystery uncovering new leads in the infamous case. Starting with a tip from a private investigator into a promising suspect (a Cooper lookalike, Northwest employee, and trained paratrooper), Gray is propelled into the murky depths of a decades-old mystery, conducting new interviews and obtaining a first-ever look at Cooper's FBI file. Beginning with a heartstopping and unprecedented recreation of the crime itself, from cabin to cockpit to tower, and uncanny portraits of characters who either chased Cooper or might have committed the crime, including Ralph Himmelsbach, the most dogged of FBI agents, who watched with horror as a criminal became a counter-culture folk hero who supposedly shafted the system...Karl Fleming, a respected reporter whose career was destroyed by a Cooper scoop that was a scam...and Barbara (nee Bobby) Dayton, a transgendered pilot who insisted she was Cooper herself. With explosive new information and exclusive access to FBI files and forensic evidence, "SKYJACK "reopens one of the great cold cases of the 20th century.

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Author information

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."

Review quote

""Here is writing and storytelling that is vivid and fresh--a delectable adventure from a talented new author." "--Gay Talese ""With verve and assurance worthy of his protagonist, Geoffrey Gray pulls readers along on a kaleidoscopic chase through the cult of Cooper. Both a masterful re-creation of the paranoid 1970s, and an exhilarating firsthand account of an erosive obsession, Skyjack takes us down the rabbit hole with Gray--and what a journey it is." "--James Swanson, author of "Manhunt and Bloody Crimes" ""Who was D.B. Cooper? In Skyjack, Geoffrey Gray lures in the reader with this iconic unsolved mystery, and for the next 290 pages explores a story as attention-grabbing as a bag of hot money. D.B. Cooper emerges as the great McGuffin of 1970s America, a prism through which Gray exploits to the fullest with his propulsive writing style, mad commitment to detail, and explores everything from the early years of gender reassignment surgery to the birth of airli