Will anyone ever know what happened to the Aloha, a sport fishing boat that vanished with all onboard in the Pacific off San Franciscoís coast? "Knowing" is a complex, inexact business. There's real truth and then there's courtroom truth; a jury's verdict may or may not approach what actually happened. Nor can someone reading about such an event - one that had no witnesses or hard evidence to explain it - be sure where the truth lies. But trials, judges, and juries are what we use in our legal system for finding truth.
The Widow Wave explores this alternate reality. It is a fascinating true-life mystery and lawyer procedural rolled into one. Jay Jacobs offers no facile answers - and he is not the flawless protagonist typically starring in such dramas. He lets us see how such a big wrongful death case really unfolds, in a true story that reads like a novel. Will the jury find the truth? Will the reader?
"An intelligently told true story of honor, integrity and justice. The Widow Wave reminded me of The Perfect Storm, played out in a taut courtroom thriller. Jay Jacobs masterfully weaves the harrowing tale of the last voyage of the Aloha, and courtroom battle that followed. A great read." -- Robert Dugoni, NYT Bestselling Author of 'My Sister's Grave'
"A compelling story of a modern day maritime tragedy that beautifully discusses the vital importance of advances in observational technologies, forecasts and communications in avoiding future loss of life at sea. Jacobs skillfully weaves together the legal, scientific and maritime narratives to enthrall and educate the reader." -- Julie Thomas, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Manager of the Institute of Geo and Planetary Physics
Outstanding,well done enjoyable.
The Widows Wave
The excitement and anguish of trying a case before a jury is vividly brought to life by attorney and author Jay Jacobs. Anyone, layperson or attorney, will be riveted by the telling of this tragic ocean disaster of a fishing boat leaving from the San Francisco Bay and the ensuing litigation and representation of the captain's widow.
Retired litigation attorney
"Old trial lawyers tell and retell their war stories. "Widow Wave" by Jay W. Jacobs is not an old war story. It is a mesmerizing account of a sea tragedy and a trial lawyers, angst, foibles, wit, wisdom, skill and luck. Jacobs treats the reader to a rare combination of personal reflection, emotions, and the roller coaster of a trial. His legalese is pitch perfect and the true story of the loss of five fisherman off the coast of San Francisco reads like a "Perfect Storm" and "Into Thin Air". A must for anyone with a sense of adventure, mystery and a hankering for trial tactics and strategy. I could not put it down." Melvin D. Honowitz, Esq.
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