Max is an award-winning Kansas novelist. His books include four original Indiana Jones adventures, licensed by LucasFilm and published by Random House, and he wrote the novelization of Steven Spielberg's epic miniseries, Into the West.
He's also the author of the Ophelia Wylde series of paranormal mysteries. Of Grave Concern, the first novel, was named a 2014 Kansas notable book by the State Library of Kansas. McCoy has won three Spur awards from the Western Writers of America for best novel, most recently in 2011, for Damnation Road. Hellfire Canyon, another Spur winner, was also named a Kansas Notable Book. McCoy is a native Kansan, and most of his books take place in Kansas or Missouri. Above is the cover of The Moon Pool, a techno thriller set against the background of cave diving, which Publisher's Weekly called an “intelligent thriller… tightly drawn characters, a vile villain and a satisfying, thought-provoking conclusion make this a compelling read.” He teaches at Emporia State Univesity, where he directs the Tallgrass Writing Workshop.