About the Book

DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS ON THE CAROLINA WATERWAYS . . .

Four years after the Anne Bonny’s namesake passed, Professor Herschel Barstow is taking the sailboat out one last time as a final good-bye to his departed wife. He expects the trip to be a quiet one . . . until the mysterious and seductive Maggie Adelaide Moore comes aboard. Trouble quickly follows, and soon the two are entangled with a dangerous drug cartel. Now the criminal justice professor needs to call on old friends and training from his CIA days to escape their pursuers and riddle out Maggie’s mysterious past. Armed with little information and even fewer friends, Hersh must follow his gut when deciding whether to trust this remarkable woman—that is, if she doesn’t run away with his heart first.

Filled with action, mystery, and romance, Dick Elam’s debut novel takes readers up and down the Carolina waterways on Hersh and Maggie’s search for truth, safety, and justice.

Anne Bonny’s Wake is the first book of a compelling series by Dick Elam.

PRAISE FOR ANNE BONNY’S WAKE

"Anne Bonny’s Wake is a waterman’s dream filled with modern day pirates and the bluecoats that chase them. The mysterious, compelling read stars a hero-to-be and a heroine to die for, while the hardy residents of the inlets, bays and coves of North Carolina provide a delightful secondary cast of characters. The nautical and the non-nautical alike will enjoy this taut thriller with a carefully woven love story."
—  E. PAUL EDWARDS
DIRECTOR & SCREENWRITER

"A terrific debut novel that combines the page-turning action of a thriller with the sense of place
found in the best Southern literature."
—  TOM YOUNG
AUTHOR OF THE MULLAH’S STORM, SILENT ENEMY & SAND AND FIRE

"Dick Elam is a marvelous storyteller. Anne Bonny’s Wake is full of intrigue and great characters. It would make a wonderful TV series; there’s nothing like it on the air!"
—  VICKI LOPER
PRODUCER, KAHUNAS PRODUCTION COMPANY

"Anne Bonny’s Wake sails through the North Carolina waters I knew as a boy, as a sailor, and now as a coastal newspaper publisher. Like author Nicholas Sparks, [Elam] captures the beauty and local charm of our waterway."
—  LOCKWOOD PHILLIPS
FORMER PRESIDENT, NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION

"Dick Elam’s compelling novel blends vivid details with quick action. Superbly written and fun reading. Looking forward to the sequel."
—  ELISE SUGAR MCGINNIS
NORTH CAROLINA AUTHOR AND PRODUCTION CREW

"When a mysterious mermaid-woman climbs aboard Professor Hersh’s boat, he’s naturally intrigued—and soon drawn into her web of danger and deceit. In his debut novel of suspense, Dick Elam creates a page-turning romantic thriller full of twists and turns that build to a satisfying conclusion."
—  ELLEN MANSOOR COLLIER
AUTHOR OF THE JAZZ AGE SERIES

"I love it from the beginning to its end. I know nothing about sailing or boats and don’t swim—the shower can be terrifying—but I’m able to visualize the reality of being on Anne Bonny with Maggie! Although I don’t know sailing, I do know subtlety, double entendre, and innuendo, and Anne Bonny’s Wake drips hot with these as well as intrigue."
—  RICHARD C. MORGAN, JR., PHD
PRESIDENT, RETURN ON INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION (ROIE)

"Breezy and upbeat, Anne Bonny's Wake follows widowed Professor Hershel Barstow's last sail aboard his Anne Bonny, and the mysterious siren Maggie who suddenly climbs aboard and changes both their lives. The reader who loves sailing or enjoys the scenery, tastes, and pirate tales of the Carolina Waterways will be thrilled with this action-romance novel."
—  SHARON BROWN
WAKE COUNTY (RALEIGH, NC) LIBRARIAN


$22.99 HARDCOVER, 224 Pages



LOOK INSIDE!

Advancing ripples marched, double-time, toward where I sat. I leaned to look. Saw nothing
forward, so I leaned across the cockpit and peered into Anne Bonny’s shadow.
Flinched.
A swimmer. A visible face. Black eyes, framed by an ivory face.
Our eyes locked. I stared at dark eye- brows, brunette hair. The head moved along
the port side, reached the back corner of the boat.

Hersh, I told myself, that’s a woman.
The woman glided in a “silent swim”— the stroke practiced by commandos, spies, and
poachers. Curious, I thought. Why so mysterious? Doesn’t she see me looking at her?

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