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Product Details

  • Series: Pinnacle Westerns
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786021217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786021215
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,522,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max McCoy is an award-winning novelist and journalist. He's a member of Mystery Writers of America and is the creator of the Ophelia Wylde paranormal mystery series.

The first book in the series, "Of Grave Concern," was launched in July 2013 at the Boot Hill Museum Complex in Dodge City, Kansas. The novel is set in 1877 in Dodge City and surroundings.

McCoy is also known for his dark and offbeat westerns (which have been described as "western noir") and his original Indiana Jones adventures for Bantam and licensed by Lucasfilm.

He won the Spur award for best novel in 2008 from the Western Writers of America for "Hellfire Canyon." It's the story of a 13-year-old boy and his mother who walk across Missouri during the Civil War and become part of the gang led by Alf Bolin, the notorious Ozark serial killer. "Hellfire Canyon" was also named a Kansas 2008 Notable Book.

In 2011, the third book in the "Hellfire" trilogy, "Damnation Road," also won a Spur. McCoy is the author of many other books, including the novelization of Steven Spielberg's epic miniseries, "Into the West."

His fiction debut, "The Sixth Rider," about the 1892 raid on Coffeyville's banks by the Dalton Gang, was published by Doubleday and won the Spur/Medicine Pipe Award for Best First Novel from Western Writers.

USA Today has described his writing as "powerful." In addition to westerns and historical fiction, McCoy also writes contemporary adventures. Publishers Weekly called his novel, "The Moon Pool," an "intelligent thriller... tightly drawn characters, a vile villain and a satisfying, thought-provoking conclusion make this a compelling read."

McCoy grew up in Baxter Springs and most of his books are set in Kansas or Missouri. He began his career in journalism at the Pittsburg Morning Sun and writing for pulp magazines such as "True Detective" and "Front-Page Detective." As investigative writer for The Joplin Globe, he won first-place awards in investigative journalism for his stories on serial killers and hate groups.

McCoy's an associate professor of journalism at Emporia State University at Emporia, Kansas, and director of the Tallgrass Writing Workshop.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patsy Terrell on July 18, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Whenever I pick up a Max McCoy book I know I'm in for a treat, and this was no exception. Details are woven in seamlessly to paint a picture of a time and place we all have a secret (or not so secret) fascination for. His characters are always well-drawn and interesting. You might not want to hang out with all of them in real life, but you certainly want to know more about them from the page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. FELLA VINE VOICE on May 4, 2013
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After reading one of McCoy's Indiana Jones books, I knew I had to check more of his work out. That book was one of the best I've ever read. I then found out he writes a lot of Westerns, which I love, so I jumped at the chance to read this book. The main character kind of reminds me of Tom Selleck's kind of character in the Westerns he's done, which I LOVE. He's interesting and not your typical Western hero.

This was a good book, overall, but not as good as I was expecting. The first half of the book has a lot of little sub-plots going on, but the main plot doesn't materialize until half-way through the book. It also moved along fairly slowly until later in the book, and there wasn't as much action as I'd have liked. Also, even the main plot later in the book seemed a little bit of a letdown, and somewhat anti-climactic. The incredible pacing of the Indiana Jones book just wasn't there.

Still, I'm curious to check out more of McCoy's work, and if you're a fan of Westerns this one certainly isn't bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reid Lance Rosenthal on December 29, 2011
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McCoy has always been one of my favorite authors, from Indiana Jones, to Westerns. His attention to historical detail--no doubt a by-product of his work as an award-winning journalist--is both impeccable and impressive. He's outdone himself with Damnation Road. It is no wonder the book won a 2011 Spur Award from the Western Writers Association.

The tale begins in 1898. It is the story of Jacob Gamble, a man conflicted by his wish to go straight, and the bitter deep-rooted knowledge that the conspiracies of life, and his outlaw genetics would always somehow, someway, prevent every attempt.

McCoy skillfully weaves in Campbell's violent past with tumultuous, "current" action, no holds barred. Gambles is a tough guy, unyielding but with great sensitivity, which--though deeply buried--fuels his desire to be something other than what he is, at the same paradoxically resigning him to the reality of being nothing more than he's meant to be.

The vernacular, action and detail is sterling McCoy. A must read for any aficionado of the personalities and legends of the historical West. Two thumbs up!

Reid Lance Rosenthal
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Randolph on August 11, 2011
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Damnation Road was my literary introduction to Max McCoy. After hearing Mr. McCoy speak at a conference, I purchased Damnation Road and became immediately entranced by his writing style. His voice is strong, his characters vivid and real. This book is suspenseful and unpredictable, two must haves...it was a fantastic read.
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