Reviews

Counterpoint

Addicus Press: Omaha 1996

Scream on the Water

New York: St. Martin’s Press 1997

“Press writes a compelling story that turns strange corners
over the course of the nearly two years until a jury verdict was
returned. She portrays the people in this tragedy as they existed in
all their ambiguous thought patterns and actions…

“The reader is treated to a series of glimpses into the drama.
At times, it is though the reader has entered into the mind of Tom
Maimoni and his searching for his own self and character. At other
times, it is though the reader is analyzing Maimoni from the
perspective of the police looking for the perpetrator. And, at other
instances, the reader appears to be observing the whole of the drama
from the perspective of a news reporter covering a human interest
story. Press succeeded in delivering a coherent and balanced account of
a complicated mystery.”

“…This is a fascinating story with insight and information.”

Michael Iwanowicz

Thoughts on Books

Requiem for a Postman

New York: Carroll & Graf 1992

“…a fine first mystery by Margaret Press, who lives in, and
most effectively uses, Salem (the city of “witches”) as the setting …
In the end, this sad, gripping and compassionate book could be a primer
on family history. It will be a difficult debut to follow.”

– – Robin W. Winks, The Boston Globe

“Laconic and disarmingly simple. Press has a good ear for the
elisions and repetitions of these conversations; they read more talked
than written. Her cops are decked out with offbeat qualities for series
work… The solution to the murder is readily available to anyone who
knows her Robert Frost; it’s nice to see someone acknowledge the irony
in one of the poet’s most-quoted observations about New Englanders.”

— Pat Dowell, Washington Post

“Margaret Press … has come up with a very entertaining
police-procedural mystery in Requiem for a Postman… Press serves up
this predicament with a good deal of wit and attention to human
foibles.”

— Katherine A. Powers, Boston Magazine, March 1, 1992

“The cast of characters here is large, and not one of them is
lifeless. the tale moves swiftly, managing to keep the reader slightly
off balance and unable to predict what will happen next. And near the
end, a quite satisfactory twist. This excellent novel begs for a
sequel.”

The Charlotte News & Observer

Elegy for a Thief

New York: Carroll & Graf 1993

“A powerful realism informs this solid, gritty procedural
about a decent, compassionate, hard-working cop in a small
working-class city.”

Publishers Weekly, May 3, 1993

“ (Elegy for a Thief) departs from the blood-and-gore school (featuring
remarkably little of either), and while it provides a good dose of
cynical realism, it’s served up with a generous leavening of hope at
just the right moment… Press surprises you with a bevy of exceptionally
well-drawn characters. The skillfully handled plot, well-paced
narrative, excellent characterization, and delightful sense of humor
make this a procedural for all seasons. Recommend with confidence and
hope for another.”

— Stuart Miller, Booklist, May 15, 1993