From Sandi Rosenthal
Title: When the Dancing Stopped: The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake
Author: Brian Hicks
This book grabbed my attention in the opening pages and kept me interested until the end. It is the incredible tale of the cruise ship Morro Castle and the horrific events that led to its destruction September 1934 off the New Jersey Coast. It reads like a fictional novel and was amazing that it was a true story. This book is very well researched and the author includes some interesting pictures.
The ships captain was found dead in his quarters and a deadly fire broke out. What makes this so disturbing is that there is evidence to suggest that the captain might have been murdered and that the fire was not an accident.
After this disaster, the story goes on with the life of the individual suspected of the murder and arson, and how he continued his criminal behavior for the next 20 years.