The Widow Wave: A True Courtroom Drama of Tragedy at Sea

The Widow Wave: A True Courtroom Drama of Tragedy at Sea

by Jay W. Jacobs

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The Widow Wave: A True Courtroom Drama of Tragedy at Sea by Jay W. Jacobs

Will anyone ever know what happened to the Aloha, a sport fishing boat that vanished with all onboard in the Pacific off San Francisco's 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 system to find truth.

The Widow Wave explores this alternate reality. It's a fascinating true-life mystery and lawyer procedural rolled into one. Jay Jacobs offers no facile answers--and he's 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?

"Jay Jacobs' vivid prose pulls you into a compelling drama, deftly transporting you from the courtroom to the storm-tossed Pacific and back to the courtroom again. The book reads like a well-wrought detective novel."
-- Daniel James Brown, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Boys in the Boat

"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, New York Times 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. 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

"Trial lawyer Jay Jacobs, in a unique, personally revealing memoir, defends a widow and her deceased husband's honor in an intimate first person account of how the civil trial process unfolds. Mr. Jacobs leads the reader through the unraveling of the cause of a disastrous fishing boat accident that left five dead in the treacherous coastal waters of Northern California. The reader will learn about the strategies, shoals, and embroilments of a real life, vigorously contested trial with its many emotional upheavals."
-- Justice James Marchiano (ret.), formerly Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeals, First Appellate District

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150676510
Publisher: Quid Pro, LLC
Publication date: 08/18/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 263
Sales rank: 718,045
File size: 440 KB

About the Author

Jay W. Jacobs has been a member of the California bar for more than 35 years. A civil litigator, he specialized in maritime law. Prior to law school, he was a sailor and an officer in the merchant marine, sailing on cargo ships, ore-carriers and tankers on voyages bound for Europe, Africa, India, the Far East, South America, the Persian Gulf and Japan. He now lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Widow Wave: A True Courtroom Drama of Tragedy at Sea 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
fivewisemans More than 1 year ago
Captivating! Interesting! Exciting! I thought this book could be over my head as I am not an attorney. Jay Jacobs thoroughly explained any kind of courtroom behavior that was foreign to me. This book was filled with great knowledge that was easy for me to understand and feel like I moved through the courtroom with him. The story line was fascinating and played with my emotions. It kept me guessing as to how things would unfold. This is a must read for all! Great book to add to your library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Widow Wave is a non-fiction book which walks you through a court room drama of a wrongful death suit of a true tragedy at sea. The time in the court room consists of twists and turns by the legal representatives of both the plaintiff and the defendants. The recreational fishing boat, the Aloha, was lost at sea with five men aboard without a trace. The skipper was Francis Michael Dowd, a former qualified submariner. Francis Dowd served, (and was a plankowner) on the USS Barracuda (SSK-1). He served the majority of his naval career on the Barracuda as a Sonarman. (Trivia: Former President Jimmy Carter was the XO). The basis of the Plaintiff’s suit was that the skipper had acted in a careless and negligent manner thereby causing the loss of the “Aloha” The Defense lawyer’s (the author) intent was to defend the widow and her deceased husband’s honor. His key point was that a Submariner is never careless. You will need to read this true life drama to see if the jury agrees. I recommend spending the time to read this intriguing story. It is NOT a dull legal document but an entertaining and enjoyable experience.