Dan ("D.B.") Cooper was one of many individuals who hijacked a jetliner for ransom money or transportation to Cuba in the '60's and early '70's. Cooper's ransom demand included $200,000 and parachutes, and he apparently jumped out of the back stairs of the hijacked 727...and was never seen again (although a small number of the marked bills in his ransom payment were found). To this day, this remains the only unsolved airline hijacking in the US.
Geoffrey Gray's book relates 3 tales---the story of the actual D.B. Cooper hijacking and follow-up investigation...the stories of some of the leading suspects...and the story of Gray's personal search for Cooper, which brought him into contact with some, umm, interesting characters. I didn't realize this when I started this book, but apparently, like the JFK assassination, the D.B. Cooper hijacking remains fodder for speculation, conspiracy theory and some unusual ideas. Of course, the D.B. Cooper mystery remains a mystery and there are some oddities in the case, so speculation and conspiracy are not unlikely outcomes, and there is still almost $200K to find...maybe...
Skyjack is well written and seems to be a fairly balanced account of the D.B. Cooper story. The book is narrated by the author and he does a very good job with that as well.
PS - One reviewer complained that the audiobook seemed to have technical difficulties. I didn't find anything missing or hear any problems.
I'm not totally unfamiliar with Truman Capote's work, but I never got around to reading "In Cold Blood" before. I now see why it is seen as an American masterwork, and Capote's personal magnum opus. I felt totally pulled into the story and couldn't put down---the prose is mesmerizing, the story itself is captivating and Scott Brick is perfectly suited for this reading.
For those who aren't really familiar with the book, a short synopsis: This is a "true crime" story about the murder of the Clutter family in the small western Kansas town of Holcomb, and the story of the murderers and the aftermath of the crimes. It isn't a mystery---we know from the outset who committed the crimes and that they were caught---but the details of the criminals' ongoing escape, the pursuit and the reaction of the small community provide a stunning story.
One word of warning: This book is pretty graphic in places with regard to the state of the murder victims. Not for small children or the squeamish.