Richard Maher was born in Bristol in 1957 and graduated from Queens’ College Cambridge in 1979. His writing career has spanned the West End stage and radio drama as well as many scripts for television, including Relative Strangers, Thatcher – The Final Days, Pie In The Sky, Taggart, Rough Treatment, Llloyd and Hill and Making Waves. He is married to a criminal lawyer, has one daughter, and lives in London and Pembrokeshire.
His first novel, Dead Ahead, was published by Ashgrove Publishers, and the second in the series, Dead Reckoning – also featuring Ship’s Detective Danny Gamble – is due out next year
In 1936, as New Year’s Eve looms, the first-class passengers on the Queen Mary’s voyage to New York gather in the ship’s glittering Ballroom to celebrate. German banker, Max Hartmann, however, will not be joining the festivities as he is found in his first-class cabin, dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. Chief suspect is one Danny Oscar Gamble, ex-soldier, ex-policeman and heroic drinker, currently working his passage as the ship’s cocktail pianist. Danny must find a way to clear himself of the charge and as he attempts to do so he navigates amongst the high and low of the ship’s 3,000 passengers and crew.
Fast paced and with sparkling dialogue, Dead Ahead also contains a cast of truly memorable characters and brilliantly conjures up the lost world of ocean travel in the years before the Second World War. Dead Ahead is the first in a series of works to feature Danny Gamble.
Publisher: Ashgrove Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 4 April 2013
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