By Bob Friel
The Barefoot Bandit tells the riveting precise tale of Colton Harris-Moore, America’s twenty-first-century outlaw. Born right into a bad relations marred via alcohol abuse, Colt had the neighborhood sheriff after him earlier than the age of ten. Colt survived via breaking into houses to forage for nutrition, and discovered to circumvent the police via melting into the Pacific Northwest wilds. As undefined, he escalated to stealing vehicles, boats, and identities. an in depth manhunt eventually stuck Colt, yet he escaped juvenile felony and fled to within sight Orcas Island, the place he guaranteed his position along outlaw legends equivalent to D. B. Cooper through stealing an plane with out ever having a proper flight lesson. And that was once only the start.
As a resident of Orcas Island, writer Bob Friel witnessed firsthand as neighborhood police, FBI brokers, SWAT groups, or even fatherland safety helicopters pursued Colt round the island. Colt’s crime spree infuriated and terrified many locals, whereas others sympathized with the barefoot younger criminal—the controversy tearing on the previously quiet group. the tale won foreign popularity, with Time calling Colt "America’s such a lot sought after Teen" whilst he stole and crashed his 3rd aircraft. After greater than years at the run within the Northwest, Colt fled Orcas and started a remarkable cross-country trek. Friel the Barefoot Bandit all of the approach to the Bahamas, the place the chase ultimately resulted in a hail of gunfire at three a.m. on a gloomy sea.
Through his own stories and thousands of interviews with witnesses, sufferers, neighborhood professionals, Colt’s kin, and, in some way, Colt himself, Friel supplies readers an specific examine an outlaw legend. Set opposed to the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest’s evergreen islands, the place web millionaires coexist with survivalists and ex-hippies, this can be a gripping, stranger-than-fiction story a couple of ignored and stricken baby who outfoxed the experts, won a cult following, and made the area take notice.
"I doubt if even the simplest fiction author may perhaps create a personality like Colton Harris-Moore. this can be a big yet actual tale. Bob Friel is a proficient reporter and a really high quality writer."
—Nelson DeMille, manhattan occasions bestselling writer of The Gold Coast and The Lion
"Something approximately Colton Harris-Moore—crafty stealer of automobiles, boats, and airplanes—captured the fascination of our fast-moving nation. however it took Bob Friel, a plucky reporter with a pitch-perfect tale sense—to chase down the legend and make it actual. In Friel’s superb telling, the Barefoot Bandit emerges as either villain and folks hero in an exhilarating smooth fugitive tale."
—Hampton facets, writer of Hellhound on His Trail
"A Dillingeresque story for our present nice Recession period. Friel not just provides a brilliantly clear-eyed examine a bandit’s adventures but additionally the results they'd on his peaceable community."
—Matthew Polly, bestselling writer of American Shaolin and Tapped Out
"Riveting, thorough, and deeply human, this brilliant learn doesn’t simply inform the story—it brings it to life."
—Marcus Sakey, bestselling writer of The Deaths of Daniel Hayes and The Blade Itself
"Friel bargains an exciting portrait of a brilliant and missed teenager attempting to outrun experts and his personal past."
"This hugely exciting tale of a modern day Huck Finn may be loved via fans of event tales in addition to real crime."
"It is Friel's skill to spin an excellent yarn that attracts the reader in from the beginning and not we could up. And he does it with deft reporting and a breezy and interesting variety that enlivens a story as marvelous because it is true."
"[A] true-crime classic."
—Aspen day-by-day News
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