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Skyjack

The Hunt for D.B. Cooper

Gray, Geoffrey

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Skyjack
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"Geoffrey Gray reopens one of the great unsolved criminal cases of the 20th century: the puzzling story of "D. B. Cooper," the only skyjacker never to be caught by authorities"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2011
ISBN: 0307451291
9780307451293
Branch Call Number: 364.1552092 C7765g 2011
Characteristics: 302 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm

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"Geoffrey Gray reopens one of the great unsolved criminal cases of the 20th century: the puzzling story of "D. B. Cooper," the only skyjacker never to be caught by authorities"-- Provided by publisher.


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I found the constant jumping around from the present..to 1971…to a few years ago…to the present…back to the 1970s…back to the present—all following different people—to be incredibly confusing. And the book seemed to take a turn into conspiracy theory toward the end, but I did get a couple chapters’ worth of information on the actual event, which is really all I was looking for.

Sep 18, 2011
  • ehicks rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The author didn't really have a story, but he wrote the book anyway. The details of the actual hijacking are interesting, but the rest of the book just covers incoherent theories that don't make much sense. Gray had access to the FBI files, but he doesn't seem to have bothered to read them as there is very little material in the book about the official investigation. Instead he focuses on several individuals who either claim to have been Cooper, or whose families and friends make the claim for them. The author doesn't make a real effort to try to confirm or deny these claims, besides some vague, illogical wandering around the country. Entertainingly, he always believes that anyone who doesn't care to be interviewed by him is "hiding something". By the end of the book, the author just spews insane conspiracy theories at random and seems to have developed a disturbing sense of paranoia. There are no answers (or even compelling theories) as to the true identity of Cooper in this book.

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