A superb legal thriller, based on a true railroad accident in Kingman, Arizona in 1973, pitting product liability against an Act of God defense. When a railroad tank car filled with liquid propane explodes, 27 people in Florian, Ohio, are killed, 107 are injured--and a giant lawsuit on behalf of the casualties is brought against the railroad, the tank car manufacturer, and the oil company.
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When a railroad tank car loaded with propane explodes, the recoil jolts not just the small hometown of the victims but also three industrial giants. Giving new meaning to the warning "contents under pressure," a fiercely gladiatorial attorney presses for damages to compensate the families. The opposing attorney counters with an act of God defense. For good measure, Begam, who has been a trial lawyer for 30 years, throws in a crusading newspaper owner, a romance nourished on Broadway musicals, and a set of lawyerly types that would make Rumpole envious. This first novel has the immediacy of real-life disasters and a compelling courtroom setting. Fireball dramatizes tort law as the way to make an innocent injured person whole again. Belongs on the shelf with Louis Nizer, Perry Mason, and other courtroom stars.Barbara Conaty, Medical Coll . of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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Book Description Mcgraw-Hill, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110070043086