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by Joyce Maynard (Author)

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Title:Internal Combustion: The Story of a Marriage and a Murder in the Motor City
Authors:Joyce Maynard (Author)
Info:Jossey-Bass (2006), Edition: 1, 512 pages
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Internal Combustion: The Story of a Marriage and a Murder in the Motor City by Joyce Maynard



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This book was an interesting take on the real-life murder type books. I am a fan of Joyce Maynard and have read a lot of her writing. She moves all over the board with her choice of topics and writes both fiction and nonfiction. This book was very well done and while she came to a conclusion regarding the guilt of Nancy Seaman, she takes you every step of the way to show how she got there. ( )
1 vote nevadaannie | Jan 8, 2012 |
This was an interesting read having seen 48 Hours Mystery about the case before I read the book. 48 Hours Mystery left you thinking how could a teacher have done this and there must be a mistake? This book left no doubt of her cold, calculating character and left you saying how could she think she could have gotten away with this? I felt sorry for the boys. Their relationships fractured with one thinking he needs to support his mom and the other thinking he has to honor his father's memory. ( )
1 vote dara85 | Jul 26, 2008 |
Oddly compelling, in a "can't put it down" way. ( )
1 vote Jaie22 | Nov 25, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0787982261, Hardcover)

On Mother's Day night, 2004, award-winning fourth grade teacher Nancy Seaman left the Tudor home she shared with her husband of thirty two years in the gated community of Farmington Hills, near Detroit, Michigan, and drove in a driving rain storm to Home Depot, to purchase a hatchet.

Three days later, police discovered the mutilated body of Bob Seaman - a successful auto industry engineer, softball coach and passionate collector of vintage Mustangs - in the back of the family's Ford Explorer. As the shackles were placed on her wrists, Nancy Seaman asserted that her husband had been beating her, and she'd killed him in self-defense.

At her trial, two radically different stories emerged. One of the couple's sons, Greg, testified that his father had been abusing his mother for years. The other, Jeff, testified for the prosecution, charging his mother as a cold blooded killer.

Joyce Maynard's chilling work delves beyond the events of the crime itself, to explore the lives of an American family who seemed to have everything. Her exploration of the story led to a year's research in suburban Detroit - but the story she found there will take the reader to the Depression-era farm country of Illinois, the working class neighborhoods of the auto industry in its heyday and even, surprisingly, to a Baptist church in burned-out downtown Detroit. Along the way we meet a Transylvanian forensic pathologist, a beautiful young prosecutor, an old-school police chief, a television news crew hungry for ratings, the softball scorekeeper mom accused of carrying on an affair with the murdered man, and her two shell shocked teenagers, still reeling from the death of their beloved coach, and a mother who has to tell her daughter why her favorite teacher won't be in school any more.

As in Joyce Maynard's previous books - including To Die For, based on a true crime, and her best selling memoir, At Home in the World - Joyce Maynard's themes here involve family secrets, the deep fissures that lie below the surface of the glittering exteriors, and the deep, potentially fatal, fissures in the American Dream.

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