Man Overboard: Inside the Honeymoon Cruise Murder and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.95
  • Save: $1.46 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 10 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Man Overboard: Inside The... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: **FAST SHIPPING!!** 100% satisfaction guaranteed!!** Looks like a typical used book with some shelf wear** We carefully inspected this item**
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Man Overboard: Inside The Honeymoon Cruise Murder Paperback – September 1, 2011

22 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.49
$0.30 $0.01

Best Books of the Year So Far
Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2015's Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
$13.49 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 10 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Editorial Reviews

Review

“Joan Lownds is a first rate journalist who led the way, exposing the truth about vacations turned tragedies―helping to galvanize action to end the murky legal jurisdictions that stood in the way of crimes being solved and lives being saved. Man Overboard is a compelling story of crime, tragedy, and ultimately justice.”

―John Kerry, U.S. senator for Massachusetts

“Compelling . . . Lownds’s vivid storytelling gives the reader a deck-side view of the controversy surrounding the tragic death of George Smith and his family’s advocacy in his honor. Their work and Joan’s fierce commitment to finding and sharing the truth about Mr. Smith’s death helped shepherd into law new protections that will take the biggest steps yet toward ensuring no family ever again has to suffer through this type of tragic crime.”

―Jim Himes, U.S. representative for Connecticut

Man Overboard tells the tragic and fascinating story of the ‘missing honeymooner’ case. . . . This is a compelling tale of the courage of a persistent handful of American citizens who fought a huge and powerful industry and ultimately persuaded a reluctant government to hear their heart-wrenching grievances and take action.”

―Christopher Shays, former U.S. representative for Connecticut

“Lownds’s brave coverage has been a driving force for public awareness of the need for congressional reform of the under-regulated cruise industry. No other author has so successfully described the human element of each cruise ship incident and provided a voice for cruise crime victims. Her compassion for each victim is palpable in her writing while at the same time she has provided balanced, comprehensive, and fair reporting of the industry as a whole.”

―Bree Smith, George Smith IV’s sister

“Lownds is the real thing. She’s got a storyteller’s drive and a reporter’s eye for just the right detail, and you’ll be pulled in and rolling from the first page on.”

―Ross Klavan, Independent Spirit Award–nominated author of Tigerland

“Lownds has been at the forefront of the story about the cruise lines. Her dauntless reporting has helped expose this industry. She has become one of the experts.”

―Kendall Carver, president and chairman of International Cruise Victims

From the Back Cover

The inside story of one of America’s most notorious murder cases that shook the cruise industry to its core.
 
George Allen Smith IV married Jennifer Hagel in June 2005, both of them young and beautiful. He came from an old-line Greenwich family; she from blue-collar Cromwell with a reputation as a flirt. Just eight days after their wedding, their new life together disintegrated on their honeymoon cruise. After a night of several violent arguments, there was a gruesome blood stain on the awning below their cabin—and George had vanished.

Years of bitter legal wrangling followed, but Smith’s murder investigation is, according to the FBI, both “very active and open” and its highest priority case in Connecticut. Man Overboard provides unprecedented detail and insight into this case that has captured headlines and the public imagination, raising provocative questions about the little-known horrors of the cruise industry.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 71%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; Original edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762773820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762773824
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joan Lownds, an award-winning reporter for the Greenwich Post and other Connecticut newspapers and magazines, has covered the honeymoon cruise murder since it broke. She was a reporter for the Greenwich Citizen when George Smith was murdered in July, 2005, and his homicide led her to investigate the unregulated, $40-billion a year cruise industry in a series of newspaper articles. These formed the basis of her book.
Ms. Lownds has also worked for the New Haven Advocate and other Connecticut newspapers. She was the first woman ever published in Baseball Digest, with a profile of legendary pitcher, Smokey Joe Wood, in 1981.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E.Paige VINE VOICE on May 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
There are several issues and themes woven into this book about the George Smith disappearance and the cruise industry as a whole. I have never gone on a cruise and only had the vaguest knowledge of the Smith case when I started this book but feel the author tried to write a fair and balanced portrayal of both sides of this tragedy. I find it shocking and shameful that cruise ship companies are based in the U.S. but are allowed to fly under foreign flags and pay 0% taxes. The fact that they employ undereducated, impoverished people from third world countries only to pay them slave wages in bad conditions is sickening. How can we expect to have any idea what kind of crimes are going on in these floating cities with only voluntary reporting? Thank goodness due to the Smith family's perseverance there is new legislation.

I disagree with the reviewers on here who slammed the author stating she wrote derogatory things about Jennifer Hagel. If her behavior is perceived by some as duplicitous or disingenuous there are reasons. I also don't think the author was on any kind of mission to hurt the cruise industry; She was doing the job of an investigative reporter. I hope the Smith family found some peace in the fact that there are now some reforms in place and wish them the best.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mimi on February 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you don't know much about this case, you might learn somethng from this book. Mostly, it quotes interviews by others and television appearances made by family members. Not worth buying, if you really want to read it, get it from the library.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna Stiles on February 25, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A disturbing look into the cruise ship business and their disregard for law and order on many levels. And the support of the US government to do this and avoid taxes as well. Well done investigative journalism.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joyce SLP on August 18, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is more than just the retelling of an unsloved murder, it is a meticulous and sensitive narrative about the cruise industry,the quest for justice and the lives of real people.
This author has clarity of thought and expression blended with compassion and empathy. A great read and food for thought.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gitano on February 15, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book wanting to learn about the mystery of the man overboard. What I got instead was a sort of random rant against the cruise industry and how dangerous it is to take a cruise. Is the cruise industry supposed to protect people against their own bad behavior? I have been on several cruises and have always felt safe. Safer than in the average town in the USA. If someone gets passing out drunk and something bad happens they have to bear some responsibility for that. Now, certainly this was a tragedy and the groom may have been attacked some way, we just don't know but the whole thrust of the book is that the cruise line did not 'do something'. Really it is all very murky as to what happened. And what is with his wife kicking him in the genitals in front of witnesses and then ? going off with another guy? Jeez. Bottom line is this book gives no insight into the mystery and gives far less info than could be gained by just searching on google.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MjM on August 20, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I couldn't put this book down. The author is a wonderful storyteller and her research on the subject of the cruise industry was eye opening. The George Smith case in itself would be fascinating, but she made the book even more so by bringing in victims, and their families,of other crimes commited on what is advertised to be the vacation of a lifetime. It is a real story of tragedy, coverup and the fight to make the cruise industry accountable. I would highly recommend it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was an easy read with large print and short chapters. Very well written. The story was interesting and hard to put down. My only regret is that I wish I had read it sooner,before my husband and I went on NCL cruise with our two young sons.I was unaware of all the crimes that happen on cruise ships and the coverups that follow. In addition, it would have been nice to see more color photos.Overall,it was a smooth tranactions and arrived sooner than expected.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Lori Piscopo on September 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I did not care for this book. I was interested in more of the facts fo the evidence and the case and less about the cruise industry.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Man Overboard: Inside The Honeymoon Cruise Murder
This item: Man Overboard: Inside The Honeymoon Cruise Murder
Price: $13.49
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?