Tom Schwartz was born in December 1930, in Brooklyn, NY where he attended Public Schools including the Manhattan H S of Aviation Trades. In 1951 he enlisted in the Navy and won a "Fleet" appointment to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he served in the US Air Force where he spent most of his 27 years in the Research and Development area. After retiring from the Air Force as a Lt. Col., he worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Program Manager. He now resides in Melbourne, Florida, where he continues to work for CSC part time, and enjoys writing nature stories for children. He is a guest speaker at the elementary schools in central Florida, and has been to over 60 schools speaking to 2nd through 5th grade students (about 18,000 of them, so far). The book, "How Mother Nature Flowered the Fields of Earth and Mars," is included in the elementary school's Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader Program.
Wrongly Accused: A Mystery Thrillerby Tom Schwartz
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When two New Jersey policemen mistake author Jack Shepherd for an underworld drug dealer as he drives home from a meeting with his publisher, they chase his truck on the New Jersey Turnpike and use an unauthorized procedure to stop him. The actions of the police backfire when they realize that Jack is not the notorious drug dealer, but by then it's too late to undo the damage and the only way out for the police is to suppress the evidence and fabricate a story that implicates Jack based on his drunkenness.
Jack's attorney advises him to plead guilty to a lesser offense, which would result in a short stay at a minimum-security facility. The sentencing judge accepts the plea bargain, but uses Jack's case as an example and gives him to the maximum sentence.
While in prison, a hardened criminal named Salvador Salinis thinks Jack is an acquaintance and yells the name "Parodi" before attacking him. This attack is the first clue as to whom the police thought he was and the first clue to Jack's freedom.
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