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Deadline Kindle Edition

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“What a story! Part paranoid thriller, part political satire, and all Canada — a sharp, cynical portrait of the sometimes incestuous ties between reporters and political staffers on Parliament Hill, with a corker of a plot. Crooked cops and cover-ups, sex, lies and Blackberries: probably Ottawa was never this exciting, but as we say in the business, it’s too good to check."
Andrew Coyne

"One of Ottawa's best political reporters has turned his hand to novel-writing and the result is a gritty, compelling mystery. The plotline has all the best ingredients of detective fiction, but the scenes, the details and even some of the characters bear some fun resemblance to oh-so-real life here on Parliament Hill."
Susan Delacourt

"A fun read. Look forward to the movie!"
Keith Boag

"Few writers can write a real page-turner. Maher's done it, telling a great story with style and energy."
Mark Bourrie

"A fast-paced, well-written adventure and a fun read."
Kate Malloy, Hill Times

"A rip-roaring thriller. Deadline works not because of its setting, but because it’s a page-turner."
Paul Adams, iPolitics

"Filled with tales of deception, corruption and sexual intrigue; a fictional portrayal of the sometimes cutthroat world of Ottawa politics."
Michael Woods, Postmedia News

Political reporter Jack Macdonald is having a bad day. He wakes up with a terrible hangover, a hazy memory and an extra BlackBerry in the pocket of his wine-stained suit. He’s doing better than his friend, political staffer Ed Sawatski, who is floating face down in the icy Rideau Canal.
The same morning, Prime Minister Bruce Stevens tells his wife he has decided to retire from politics, which sets off a ruthless, no-holds-barred power struggle in the backrooms and bedrooms of Ottawa.
Macdonald doesn’t know it, but he has a great story on his hands, if he can stay alive long enough to tell it.

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AS1V3YI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The initial buzz will undoubtedly come from Parliament Hill, CBC, CTV, Signals Intelligence and Ottawa Police types looking to see how they are portrayed in the book. I'm impressed by Maher's bang-on impersonation of Peter Mansbridge. Another character may reflect upon former CBC broadcaster Krista Erickson. But there is a large cast of others and the game of the week in Ottawa will no doubt be the jotting of well-known names above the generic monikers Maher uses in the novel.

That's the inside baseball interest. For general readers, the tome is an interesting and amusing spy novel set in Ottawa. I've read straight through the Kindle edition today. Most mysteries don't carry me past the first few pages.

For first chapters are important to me. My rule of thumb is that as soon as I come upon a dead body, I return the book to the pile. Very few mysteries pass this hurdle. But Maher's jogging nurse makes an early morning leap into the shallow water of a drained lock to rescue a drowned man. The thought of that ten-foot drop into two feet of frigid water and the stone floor below -- that impressed me. It also struck me as the sort of thing a middle-aged nurse might do to save a life. I read on.

The plot advances with the usual intrigue surrounding the retirement of the prime minister and the subsequent leadership race. Maher is in his element in recounting misinformation schemes of the staffs of competing cabinet ministers. His hard-boiled main character, journalist Jack Macdonald, nurses a hangover through the back alleys, bars and bedrooms of downtown Ottawa.

Macdonald follows a lead to Fort McMurray where he encounters a subculture of fellow Newfoundlanders.
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Deadline is the perfect combination of political intrigue and page turning thriller. Anyone involved in politics, journalism or the justice system will find something to love. The action takes place in Ottawa and anyone familiar with the Capital's lands marks, eateries, and local attractions will immediately feel part of the action.

Nothing can top a skate for your life down the frozen Rideau Canal while being pursued by masked gunmen.

Well worth the enevitable all night read.

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Deadline is a terrific read with enough twists and turns that just when you think you have it figured out, you realize how wrong you are. For those who work and live in Ottawa, the book is familiar and the characters recognizable. For those who don't, consider this your introduction to life in the political game. Maher is a gifted journalist and with Deadline proves he is also a great storyteller.
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I have just finished reading Maher's first novel and am satisfied that it contains enough heavy action and intrigue to qualify as a decent political thriller, even without a glowing recommendation by columnist Andrew Coyne of Macleans. The first part of the novel describes our national capital, Ottawa, about to become entangled in a doosie of a political scandal: a lesser-known ministerial aide has been found badly beaten and dumped in the Rideau Canal, and the governing Conservatives are about to become embroiled in a very nasty leadership campaign to replace the retiring prime minister. The assault has strangely attracted the attention of party organizers of one of the candidates for whom the stricken assistant worked. They appear to be more eager than the local police to get their hands on the victim's BlackBerry to review its contents and conduct a security scrub. In the middle of this commotion, a young lead reporter from St.John's, named Jack Macdonald, is doing his own snooping around because he was the last person seen with Ed before he turned up half-drowned in the Rideau Canal and a definite person of interest. Before this story concludes, three hundred pages later, the taint of political corruption will reach well beyond Parliament Hill, touching the personal lives of cabinet ministers, ministerial aides, the RCMP, CSIS, gangsters, journalists, call-girls, and family members, all somehow directly or indirectly involved in a significant breach of national security that involves a foreign oil company and an unsolved murder in Ft. MacMurray, Alberta. The net will be cast very widely on this one.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed Deadline. It is a fairly quick read and keeps your interest throughout. Having lived in Ottawa for the past 30 years, it was fun to read a book set in Ottawa and featuring local landmarks, restaurants and streets. It would not surprise me if the book was made into an action-thriller movie in the near future. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who likes political thrillers.

The only small complaint I had was that there were a number of typos scattered throughout the e-book edition I downloaded; having done a lot of proofreading in my past, typos bother me. The book was self-published by Stephen Maher and I was told by him that I had downloaded an early version of the book and he corrected many of the typos in his more recent edition.
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