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Cape May Court House: A Death in the Nightby Lawrence Schiller
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No one in Cape May Court House, New Jersey, was surprised when Eric Thomas, a popular young local doctor, sued the Ford Motor Company for the wrongful death of his pregnant wife, Tracy. After all, the accident they were involved in was minor, and they were driving a big, powerful Explorer, a family vehicle. Nevertheless, Tracy died in the accident, leaving behind not just her husband but also her cherished young daughter, Alix, whom Eric Thomas would have to raise alone, with the help of Tracy's devoted parents, Doris and Donald Rose.
Backed by the medical examiner's findings, Dr. Thomas's lawsuit claimed that the Explorer's air bag inflated improperly, causing injuries that resulted in Tracy's suffocation. But what starts out as a simple product-liability case rapidly evolves into something altogether different when, after an exhaustive investigation, Ford alleges that Tracy Thomas died not from a defective air bag, but as the result of manual strangulation. Before long, the defendant, the giant automaker Ford, becomes a de facto prosecutor and plaintiff Eric Thomas, who was a passenger in the Explorer, stands accused of the murder of his wife.
Investigative journalist Lawrence Schiller, bestselling author of American Tragedy and Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, now turns his unflinching eye on this unusual case and, as only he can, creates a page-turning suspense story and a gripping legal thriller. Taking us behind the scenes, Schiller exposes the tactics used by the attorneys on both sides of this civil suit and uncovers the lie that eventually torpedoes one party's case.
Was Tracy Thomas killed in a car accident, or was the accident a cover-up for her murder at the hands of her ambitious young husband? In Cape May Court House, Lawrence Schiller gives you more than enough evidence to be judge and jury.
In 1997, the small town of Cape May Court House was shocked by the death of Tracy Thomas. It seemed unimaginable that after a low-speed auto collision with a utility pole on a snowy night, the lovely-- and pregnant-- wife of the town' s new dentist Dr. Eric Thomas, was dead. No one was surprised, several months later, to learn that Dr. Thomas was suing the giant Ford corporation for wrongful death, when coroner Elliot Gross stated Tracy more than likely died from the impact of the driver' side airbag. But during the course of Ford' s investigation, the motor company' s lawyers made a startling discovery. It seemed more likely she was strangled by none other than Dr. Thomas. The focus of the case turns as Ford moves from defendant to defacto prosecutor, even hiring a criminal attorney to present its case to the court. Investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Schiller, takes the reader deep inside the twists and turns of one of the most surprising civil cases in history and delivers a fast-paced, riveting page-turner.
About the Author
Lawrence Schiller ranks among our greatest investigative journalists. In addition to his bestselling books, he has written for the New Yorker and other major publications. For many years he has appeared as an on-air consultant for the ABC and NBC networks. He lives in Los Angeles.
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