Who Is Max?

Max is a novelist, poet, playwright, and a full-time practicing lawyer. He writes. He reads. He works. The bulk of his time is spent at the office. He will never read all the books by his bed or watch all the shows saved on his DVR. Max enjoys art, design, college basketball, ballet, modern dance and sacred music. J.S. Bach, Shakespeare, Rumi, Bob Dylan, Joseph Campbell, Secretariat (yes, the Horse) and Yeats are just a few of the greats that have had an impact on him. Max also is also a social commentator of sorts, and his occasional observations about the culture, travel, and, when he can’t hold it in any longer, politics. As he ages, it becomes increasingly obvious that Disgust will be the most likely cause of his death. How sad it is that Beckett may be right and there is nothing more to say. Yet we hope for something better. Max does too. Still.

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Mink Eyes

Mink Eyes

October 1986–the tarnished heart of the “Greed Is Good” Decade. Private detective Peter O’Keefe, physically scarred and emotionally battered Viet Nam vet, is hired by his childhood best friend, ace attorney Mike Harrigan, to investigate what appears on the surface to be merely a rinky-dink mink farm Ponzi scam. But, instead, O’Keefe finds himself snared in a vicious web—of money laundering, cocaine smuggling, and murder—woven by the mysterious mobster known as “Mr. Canada”. Also caught in Mr. Canada’s web is the exquisite Tag Parker, who might be the girl of O’Keefe’s dreams—or his nightmares. This is serious fiction wrapped in the cloak of a hard hitting, exciting detective novel—a story that has it all—terror, murder, addiction, sex, obsession, crime, and doom, yes—but also friendship, fatherhood, integrity, duty, self-sacrifice, and love. Max McBride is a veteran practicing lawyer who gives us an insider’s real-world view of the formal and informal workings of our legal system and the schemes and scams germinating in the seamy underbelly of our business world.

Tenebrae

Tenebrae

“Mink Eyes” introduces us to Max McBride the novelist.  “Tenebrae” shows us another side of Max – the poet. The lead poem in this collection, “Tenebrae: A Memoir of Love and Death,” is a lovely bracelet of verse and prose poems that link brilliantly together in a gripping narrative and wrenching emotional journey through the illness and death of his wife. Other poems in the book – including several snapshot portraits of Max’s extended family under the title “The Irish in America” – reflect this same grappling with the fundamental issues of our lives – loss, change, growth, hope, despair and acceptance, reflecting throughout a compassionate embrace of the human condition. These are truly poems for the people – plain but exquisitely crafted, direct as a dagger, and expressed in a language that is both elegant and easy to understand at the same time. They reach from the heart to the heart.

Works in Progress

SOME COLD WAR BLUES: A Short Story, Episode Seven

Frankie Ryan stayed with Jack and Peter, trying to prove that Andy was wrong about him, feebly lobbing snowballs over the parapet from a sitting position. “Stop it,” Peter ordered Frankie, “you’re just wastin’ ammunition.” Frankie jumped up to prove his mettle and got hit in the eye. He didn’t seem to have the sense to duck back down. Snowballs rained down on him. Soon he was wailing and utterly defenseless. A snowball smacked into the side of his face. He cried even harder. “I’m gonna tell,” Frankie wailed at Peter. “We didn’t do nothin’,” Peter said. Peter and Jack... Continue Reading →

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