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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481938932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481938938
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,189,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen Maher began his career in journalism in 1989 as a reporter for the Grand Falls Advertiser, in central Newfoundland. He worked as an editor and restaurant critic for Halifax’s Chronicle Herald, then moved to Ottawa in 2003 to cover federal politics. In 2011 he moved to Postmedia News, where he works as an investigative journalist and columnist. He lives in Ottawa. Deadline is his first published novel.

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The plot is good, so is the dialogue, the sex scenes a bit awkward and don't add much to the novel.
James A. Anderson
There's enough happening here with political corruption to keep the pages turning and reporter Jack is determined to uncover the scandal.
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Recommended for anyone who enjoys political thrillers, quirky crime stories or has any interest in Canadian politics.
Ian Wayne

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James A. Anderson on May 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a good political thriller exploring the intrigues of Ottawa politics. A worthwhile read.

Although the author stole the title of my first novel (I'll forgive him). It is a very different story focusing more on the political world in Ottawa and how journalists dig out the stories. The author writes from experience as a former parliamentary correspondent.

The plot is good, so is the dialogue, the sex scenes a bit awkward and don't add much to the novel. But overall I liked it. The $7 price for this KIndle may be a bit high for some people compared to the many better deals out there. But that s the author's prerogative to charge what he feels it is worth.but may deter some sales though.

Overall a good competent thriller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Twomey on March 7, 2013
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Surprisingly good book. Why surprising? Well it is a book about Canadian politics! Plenty of plot twists and exceptionally hard to put down as it nears the end. Great first novel that brings you into the world of the Parliament Hill press and political corps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marion Scott on March 3, 2013
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Living in the city where this novel is set, it is apparent that Maher has an intimate knowledge of not only the setting but also the major real life characters and issues of the day. He successfully blends these with an excellent mystery. A great read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reals on September 6, 2013
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There were times when I didn't think I would. The tipper was that, like most Canadians, I'm starved for Canuck settings and issues. I had to work at caring for the characters despite a pretty good plot. The sex (always important) lacked credibility.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Meaker on March 12, 2013
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Starting off as a seemingly straightforward whodunit of cabinet level staffers, this question investigated by political reporter protagonist McDonald builds with increasing pace to involve the murder and cover up of a prostitute in desolate but oil rich northern provinces, possible treason, attempts on McDonald's life, sexual blackmail and plenty of questions of who is manipulating who, and if the citizens and justice are ever really served. Complex, recommended.
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This timely political thriller is a good read for those familiar with Canada's capital, and others too. Reporter Jack MacDonald encounters corruption, cover-ups and violence when he investigates the near-drowning of his long-time friend , Ed Sawaski, after the two have enjoyed an inebriated night on the town in Ottawa and Gatineau. MacDonald gradually finds that Sawaski, assistant to an ambitious Conservative politician, Donahoe, has ambitions of his own connected to his appreciably amoral but not immoral girlfriend, Sophie, herself a trusted aid to a rival Conservative politico, Mowat. The book journeys through the corridors of National Capital power and beyond; the reader meets a seductive telejournalist, cops both honest and not, attempted assassination on the Rideau Canal,and even international intrigue and murder related to the controversial tar sands in Fort MacMurray, Alberta. The story becomes actually delightful when it describes the uninhibited, and filmed, threesome enjoyed by Ed, Sophie, and a mysterious other (whose identity I soon guessed). This brief part is quite erotic, a quality not usually associated with Ottawa. Overall, the book is a good read - might even make a good movie. It might even change Ottawa's rather undeserved reputation for blandness.
Quibble: the author refers to the girls at Pigale (a Gatineau exotic club) as "tatooed biker chicks." From my experience, they're often tattooed, but hardly "biker chicks."
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By Larry on March 26, 2014
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Politics the world over can be defined much the same way ... even in Canada. Beneath a pretty candy shell of 'public service' and 'common good of all' lies a festering system of party loyalties and unapologetic pursuit of political agendas. Deadline describes such a world.
The book takes a while to get legs, but if the reader perseveres, he (she) will be rewarded with a fairly good read. Character development could have used a bit more polish, but the plot was rather good. If the reader hangs in, most will find it enjoyable, b'y.
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By mtlwannabe on June 28, 2013
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Knowing Stephen Maher as fine journalist, I was curious to see what he would do with a suspense story. It was ok, not fabulous. I have to hope it was not based on a real event.
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