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On a shimmering, Massachusetts morning, Martha Brailsford stepped aboard the "Counterpoint" and went for the last sail of her life. She had no way of knowing that the boat's owner, Tom Maimoni, had a dark side, that he'd lured other women onto his boat. What happened that morning of July 12, 1998? Was Martha's death an accident? Or, was she murdered? Would there be enough evidence for a jury to convict Maimoni? In this nonfiction debut, mystery novelist Margaret Press takes us into the heart of Salem, introducing a cast of real-life characters—the other women who encountered Maimoni, the team of dedicated investigators, the "lobsterman," and the modern-day witch of Salem. As the lives of these townspeople intertwine, readers are drawn in to an intriguing maze of surprise and contradiciton, where all the paths lead back to that fateful July morning aboard the "Counterpoint."


Margaret Press is the author of the Salem-based mystery series featuring Detective Sergeant Gabriel Dunn. Raised in California, Press holds a doctorate in linguistics from UCLA and was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley. For a number of years she worked as a speech and language specialist at a Boston-area school for multi-handicapped children, before moving into computer programming. Press has taught courses in linguistics and acquisition of language in children. She currently works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Joan Noble Pinkham is a native of the Salem-Marblehead area. She is a former broadcaster and the author of numerous articles, screenplays and documentaries. Pinkham heads her production company, Sea Coast Films. She earned a master's degree in communications from New York University.