The falcon and the snowman book
The Falcon and the Snowman: A True Story of Friendship & Espionage by Robert LindseyGoodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again.
Psalm 121 / Flight Of The Falcon
The Falcon and the Snowman: A True Story of Friendship & Espionage
Boyce, an expert in the sport of falconry and son of an FBI office employee, gets a job at a civilian defense contractor working in the so-called "Black Vault," a secure communication facility through which flows information on some of the most classified U. Boyce becomes disillusioned with the U. Frustrated by this duplicity, Boyce decides to repay his government by passing classified secrets to the Soviets. Lee is a drug addict and minor cocaine smuggler, called "the Snowman," who has frustrated and alienated his family. Lee agrees to contact and deal with the KGB's agents in Mexico on Boyce's behalf, motivated not by idealism but by what he perceives as an opportunity to make money; they eventually settle in Costa Rica. As the pair become increasingly involved with espionage, Lee's ambition to create a major espionage business coupled with his excessive drug use begins to alienate the two from each other. Alex, their Soviet handler, becomes increasingly reluctant to deal through Lee as the middleman because of Lee's periods of irrationality.
You learn something new every day. And every other day, you take something for granted. The first thing I did was take for granted the educational influence of Hollywood movies. I assumed that since there had been a popular movie made about the subject, most people would be familiar with the story of Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee. Mainly because there are so many inaccuracies, false assumptions, and outright mistruths already written about the subject.
Thank you! The travails of two young Californians convicted of selling CIA secrets to Soviet embassy officials in Mexico City--a story that echoes the Loeb-Leopold case as well as the neon horrors of a Robert Stone drug novel. The two youths are well-to-do children of Palos Verdes families and seem unlikely candidates for the disasters they make of their lives. A heavy-drinking potsmoker, he is also an ardent falconer, and few readers will fail to identity with his high-hearted release as his tamed furies rise to the kill and distract him from. Lee is a snowman cocaine dealer with a big police record who has successfully avoided trial for six years while rising through the coke hierarchies; a heroin addict, he's striving now for the big score that will get him out of the drug trades. The story's highpoints are scenes of Chaplinesque comedy as the swinging dealer strings along KGB biggies as if they were drug addicts, making them pay through the nose for bits and pieces of heady info from our spy satellites. The final trial packs an emotional wallop and Chris Boyce, at least, comes across as a tragic, tortured figure.