The Luck Penny was shortlisted for debut novel on BBC Radio 5. Along with When the Sun Bursts and A Short History of Darkness, it is a mixture of historical fact and hysterical fiction.
The Collector is the first in the Lucy O'Hara series, based around a 'double-jobbing' detective with a specialisation in forensic linguistics, located on the East coast of Ireland. Miss Katie Regrets (under the pen name Jack Barry) is set in early millenial Dublin.
Slouching Towards Jerusalem reflects John Maher's academic interests, teaching career and personal experience. It deals with the phenomenon of 'reactive' (i.e., 'real-time', as opposed to ideological, 'drawing-room')nationalism in three separate traditions.