By Margaret Press,Joan Noble Pinkham
On a shimmering, Massachusetts morning, Martha Brailsford stepped aboard the "Counterpoint" and went for the final sail of her lifestyles. She had no approach of understanding that the boat's proprietor, Tom Maimoni, had a depressing aspect, that he'd lured different girls onto his boat. What occurred that morning of July 12, 1998? Was Martha's loss of life an accident? Or, used to be she murdered? Would there be sufficient proof for a jury to convict Maimoni? during this nonfiction debut, secret novelist Margaret Press takes us into the guts of Salem, introducing a forged of real-life characters—the different ladies who encountered Maimoni, the workforce of committed investigators, the "lobsterman," and the modern day witch of Salem. because the lives of those townspeople intertwine, readers are drawn in to an interesting maze of shock and contradiciton, the place the entire paths lead again to that fateful July morning aboard the "Counterpoint."
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His left biceps sported a tattoo depicting a schooner. Marblehead Forever, it read. A scrimshaw earring dangled from his left ear. During the winter, when lobstering was slow, Hooper (known on the Marblehead waterfront as “Hoop,”) signed on to merchant ships for work as a merchant marine. He worked on tugboats, freighters, private jobs, or out of the union hall. He also had Coast Guard documents. This past winter he had been on a freighter bringing back ammunition from Operation Desert Storm. They had returned from the Middle East late in the spring.
So the two arranged for an afternoon meeting on board between Mahoney and Rosemary’s husband Peter at a public dock in Manchester, just up the coast. M. to check on their progress. When the teacher arrived at the dock, Mahoney and her husband had finished talking. She waited until Peter had left and then approached the boat. Mahoney invited her aboard and showed her some typewritten pages—some sort of an informal purchase agreement. Rosemary looked it over, and they began discussing the terms. ” Mahoney asked her.
And who was to say whether the two boys—strangers—would be any safer? After fifteen or twenty minutes of scratching away at the bottom, Mahoney emerged and climbed up the swim ladder at the back of the boat. He stripped off his wet suit, dried himself, and went below to put on some shorts. Then he invited her down for some homemade brownies. Reluctantly, she climbed down into the cabin and sat down at the tiny table. Mahoney set out the rest of the wine and a plate of brownies that a “neighbor” had made for him.