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.