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Author

Max McCoy is an award-winning author and journalist. His novels 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. McCoy has won three Spur awards from the Western Writers of America for best novel, most recently in 2010, for Damnation Road. Hellfire Canyon, another Spur winner, was also named a Kansas Notable Book. He teaches at Emporia State Univesity, where he also directs the Tallgrass Writing Workshop.
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Journalist

Max McCoy has won awards for his reporting on unsolved murders, serial killers, and hate groups. In addition to his work as an investigative writer for The Joplin Globe, McCoy has written for publications as diverse as True Detective, American Photographer, Fortean Times, and The Wilson Quarterly. An associate professor of journalism at Emporia State, he specializes in investigative reporting, nonfiction narrative, and Free Speech issues. He's currently working, under contract, on a nonfiction book about the natural and cultural history of the Arkansas River.

 

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Investigative Biographer

Max McCoy's research interests have ranged from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to meteorite hunting in Kansas. His most recent project is an investigative biography of Mark Twain's literary executor, Albert Bigelow Paine.