It will come as no spoiler to learn that Gray never solves the D.B. Cooper case. At several points, Gray writes that he can neither rule out nor rule in certain suspects. If unsatisfying, at least it is an honest admission. A forty-year old mystery is not going to be solved just because it would make for a better book ending, though it is particularly maddening when several of Gray’s sources refuse to reveal information because they have decided to write books of their own. Alas, that’s how it goes with the D.B. Cooper legend—searching only leads to frustration. Sadly, the same thing can be said about Geoffrey Gray’s new book.

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Jordan Michael Smith is a writer in Washington, D.C. He frequently reviews books for the Christian Science Monitor and Slate.