The Diamond Dakota Mystery

The Diamond Dakota Mystery

The Diamond Dakota Mystery

The Diamond Dakota Mystery

Synopsis

This extraordinary true tale follows the disappearance of more than 20 million dollars worth of precious diamonds during World War II. In 1942, as the Japanese army advanced on Java, two wealthy businessmen entrusted a Russian aviator, Captain Ivan Smirnoff, with a small, mysteriously-unmarked package, to be delivered to a businessman in Sydney. The plane was attacked during a Japanese air raid and under heavy fire, but Smirnoff miraculously landed the badly damaged plane on an isolated beach on Java's far northwest coast. A few weeks later, Jack Palmer stumbled across the lost package--containing precious diamonds--among the plane's wreckage. Nicknamed "Diamond Jack," Palmer and two others were charged with theft of the diamonds. This true adventure follows the diamonds as they are lost, found, and lost again.

Excerpt

As an investigative journalist, occasionally you find a diamond of a story—one that glitters more brightly than the rest. Trawling through historical documents at the Battye Library in Western Australia, while working on another story, I discovered my diamond: the intriguing story of beachcomber ‘Diamond’ Jack Palmer, pilot Captain Ivan Smirnoff, and a missing cache of diamonds.

My children have been raised on Australian legends like Lasseter’s lost reef of gold and the treasures of the Gilt Dragon shipwreck, and the tale of missing diamonds on a remote coastline struck me as a story of similar magnitude, the type that could become etched into Australian folklore for generations to retell. I couldn’t believe that such an amazing tale, full of vibrant characters, intrigue and sorrow, was not already common knowledge.

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