What a story! Part paraid 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 BlackBerrys: probably Ottawa was never this exciting, but as we say in the business, it's too good to check. - Andrew Coyne 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, -holds-barred power struggle in the backrooms and bedrooms of Ottawa. Macdonald doesn't kw it, but he has a great story on his hands, if he can stay alive long eugh to tell it. One of Ottawa's best political reporters has turned his hand to vel-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 t 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
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.