Social Misconduct


About The Book

A timely and shocking thriller about a young woman who is the target of a social-media smear campaign.

Her perfect job becomes the perfect nightmare when a stalker hacks her phone.

Candace Walker is thrilled when she lands a great new job at a hip Manhattan tech company and gets a brand-new iPhone. She’s more than ready to move on from creating clickbait ads for weight-loss pills and herbal erection boosters, and is determined to dazzle the startup launch team she joins.

A week later, though, everything is at risk: Candace is the target of a mysterious harasser and an internet smear campaign. She tosses her new phone into the bottom of the Hudson River, begins hiding out in her sister’s storage locker in New Jersey, and can’t think of a single person she can trust. But Candace hasn’t come this far—and gone to such lengths—to submit to what is happening to her without a fight.

A terrifyingly immersive cautionary tale about social media and the internet, unlike anything you’ve ever read before.

About The Author

Tim Krochak

S. J. Maher is an award-winning journalist who has uncovered scandals, reported from remote outports, jails, warships, hospitals, parliamentary chambers, Afghanistan, and Haiti. His second novel, Salvage, was shortlisted for awards by the Crime Writers of Canada and The International Thriller Writers. He writes his books at anchor on his old sailboat, Free Spirit. Visit him at or follow him on Twitter @stphnmaher.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 2019)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982109066

Raves and Reviews

Praise for Social Misconduct

"Social Misconduct provides two compelling reasons to ditch your phone: 1) It’s a gripping good read, and 2) It will give you a bad case of the social media heebie-jeebies."


– Andrew Pyper, author of The Homecoming and The Demonologist

Praise for Salvage

“Exciting, entertaining and a lot of fun. Read it in a hammock while resting in the backyard this summer. Or read it on the beach. But do read it.”

– Ottawa Citizen

“This is an interesting work by a writer of talent and, for the sailing enthusiast, a fun read.”

– The Globe and Mail

“Readers looking for action will find plenty of it. Maher vividly captures the East Coast, not only the wind and the tangy scent of the sea but the accents and talk of the people in Scarnum’s world—as rough and salty as the waters they sail.”

– Publishers Weekly

“One fast-paced action scene after another. Highly effective.” 

– Kirkus Reviews

Salvage is a look into the life, hard scrabble style and fun on the Nova Scotia coast with enough sex to uncurl a lobster’s tail.” 

– Canadian Mystery Reviews

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