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Book Title: The Case of D.B. Cooper's Parachute|
The author of the book: William L. Sullivan
ISBN 13: 9780981570181
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 560 KB
Edition: Navillus Press
Date of issue: October 1st 2012
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If you are from the Northwest and of a certain age, you remember D. B. Cooper. November 24th 1971, Thanksgiving Eve, D. B. Cooper boarded a plane in Portland heading for Seattle. Cooper hijacked the plan, demanding a $200,000 ransom and parachutes. Passengers were released unharmed in Seattle and the plane took off again, headed toward a re-fuel stop in Reno Nevada. Along the way Cooper parachuted into history with his loot. Massive manhunts failed, forty years later the FBI investigation is still very active and D.B. Cooper is part of northwestern lore.
So what really happened to D.B. Cooper? Did he survive the jump? You will have to wait and see, join us October 20th for clues. William Sullivan’s new book is an entertaining story full of northwestern detail. A fifth generation Oregonian, Sullivan writes of his setting well. The novel takes place in Portland and I could see every street he describes so accurately.
The action opens with newly promoted Lieutenant Neil Ferguson and his partner Sargent Wu on a stakeout; they are supposed to catch an art thief going by the moniker D.B. Cooper. Things to awry fast with a high speed chase through the crowded streets of Portland. Lieutenant Ferguson is an interesting guy with lots of baggage. He is grieving the passing of his wife three years ago, a recovering alcoholic, attracted to Sargent Wu, and wracked with guilt over the death of his partner. Lots going on with this guy, but he is likeable, he cares for his daughter, mourns his faults, and truly wants to do right. It just seems right can be a little bit complicated in the real world.
Lieutenant Ferguson’s daughter is autistic; she works in a recycling facility and checks in frequently with her Dad. He realizes his daughter’s independence is both fragile and hugely important. It is hard for him not to step over the boundary of becoming too protective and respect that hard won independence. There interactions give a richness and sensitivity to the story that is very appealing.
Being Sullivan, of course some of the story takes place in the out of doors. Lieutenant Ferguson is an avid bike rider, one of the bad guys likes hiking, and characters go skiing. I like reading books with the characters doing normal, out of door activities, not just the high speed chases.
There are multiple subplots with art theft and the Russian Mafia. Lieutenant Ferguson flies to Europe to check out some of the connections giving the story more great settings. Sullivan ties it all up nicely in a dramatic finale.
Read information about the authorSullivan completed his B.A. in English at Cornell University, studied linguistics at Germany's Heidelberg University, and earned an M.A. in German at the University of Oregon.
In 1985 he backpacked 1000 miles across Oregon's wilderness. His journal of that adventure, "Listening for Coyote", topped the New York Times' year-end review of travel books and was chosen one of the 100 most significant books in Oregon history.
Since then he has written many novels, hiking guidebooks, and historical works. His memoir, "Cabin Fever", describes the 25 summers he and his wife Janell spent building a log cabin by hand along a roadless river in the wilds of Oregon's Coast Range. Each summer he still lives and writes at the cabin.
Sullivan reads in seven languages, plays the pipe organ, undertakes backcountry ski expeditions, and volunteers to support libraries.
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