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Max: (a psychological thriller combining mystery, crime and suspense) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1630 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Agamemnon Independent Publishing; Revised Edition edition (July 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EZIQ8E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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D. M. Mitchell has been compared to Ruth Rendell, Martina Cole, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Linwood Barclay, Dickens and even the Bronte sisters! This wide array of writing styles is appropriate - though Mitchell is known for his psychological thrillers, he is determined that each of them will be different, so they might be set in different eras, may be straightforward thrillers or have a supernatural or horror twist, and he avoids like the plague the standard and unimaginative serial killer format! You'll find he uses different styles of writing to suit different types of books - it also keeps him from getting bored...

D. M. Mitchell was born into a small mining community in Yorkshire, England. His career advisor said he had two options - go down the mines or become a policeman. Being scared of the dark and never having much meat on his bones, he declined both and in his early years bounced like a pinball from job to job - warehouses, cinema projectionist, market trader, salesman - you get the picture. He sort of made a success of himself and now lives in a money-pit of a cottage in a tiny village in the cream tea heart of the South West of England.

His first remembered attempt at pushing the boundaries of creative writing was during a school lesson at the age of nine. Titled simply 'Rain' his proud masterpiece began with 'It started to rain' then there followed eight pages of nothing but the words 'pitter-patter', concluding with 'and then it stopped'. It was handed over and duly reviewed by his brick wall of a teacher, whose eyebrows flickered up and down ominously, his cheeks flushing bright red, before declaring it total rubbish. He tore it up into ribbons, showered him with his first, and no doubt only tickertape ceremony, and gave him a meaty slap around the head (they could do that sort of thing in 1967). He made him write 'I will not write stupid things for eight pages' for eight pages. Thus he learnt a number of valuable early lessons - the meaning of irony, writing is very subjective, everyone's a critic, and no-one likes a smart-arse.

He persevered, his first novel appearing in 1986 and disappearing into the attic the same year. It's still up there. Many manuscripts later he used to save the piles of rejection slips to paper his bare walls. So the adage is, keep at it, in these times of economic depression you'll soon have the house fully redecorated. Nowadays, writing is the one thing he feels totally comfortable with, except perhaps for a cup of Horlicks on a cold winter's night when the rain goes pitter-patter against the window panes (there it is again...).

Characterisation is an important and noticeable aspect of all Mitchell's novels. It allows him to be whoever he wants to be when he gets fed up of being himself, which is quite often. So too is a sense of mystery and the exploration of the darker side to humanity. There are always strong elements of a complex puzzle to be solved in a D M Mitchell novel, many disparate parts ultimately coming together, tragedy and comedy sitting side by side. As in life, nothing is as it first seems. He takes a keen interest in history, a thread which runs through his writing, whether it's the 1960s or 1970s, as in 'Max' and 'Pressure Cooker', or the Victorian 1880s, as in 'The House of the Wicked'.

His favourite novelists include Barry Unsworth, Thomas Hardy, John Steinbeck and Graham Swift. Top two favourite historical books: Culloden, by John Prebble and The Face of Battle by John Keegan. He also collects first edition novels and takes a keen interest in anything old, tatty and in need of love and restoration. His wife says he needs to get out more.

He has three grown children and also enjoys photography, painting and walking the Blackdown Hills with his wife and an overly excitable Border Terrier - or is that an overly-excitable wife and a Border Terrier... One of the two.

He'd like to thank his growing legion of fans for allowing him to practice being a writer and sharing in his strange and lurid imaginings.

The story 'Rain' has not yet been made available on Kindle...



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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Bevan on October 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book follows two threads - the life of a famous author, Gavin Miller, and the world of a man mysteriously incarcerated in a weird prison on an island. Both lives are connected. You are drawn into both worlds with ease, always wondering what's going on in each and where it is all heading. The way Calder is trying to adjust to his imprisonment is well written and chilling - you could easily see yourself in his place and how it would easily screw up the mind. You follow Calder, in his own words, realistically and believably, through childhood and into adulthood, and how Max - a deep and creepy character in his own right, but you never quite know why - comes to dominate it. It all comes to a head in a mansion on the Scottish island in a suspense-filled cat and mouse chase, but don't let that fool you. This is far more than the cheap thrills you find in other books and there's a clever link between the beginning of the book when they were kids. Alongside this you have the life of Gavin Miller playing out as he reads the manuscript. Add other creepy characters like the first-edition collector and manager of the care home, and the mysterious man who's locked away there and it's a book that keeps you trying to work things out all the way through. In the end it was a brilliant read, well written, full of characters that you feel for. My only advice is to watch out, as there is virtually no fat on this particular bone - there are clues to what's going on all the way through, with all things eventually connected and coming together in a satisfyingly unexpected conclusion. I'd like to compare it to another writer to give a flavour of what it's like but it's difficult. This one really is in a class of its own. Maybe Minette Walters, at a push. Recommended if you like a cleverly written, character-driven plot with something to test the old grey matter. I must say I also liked the couple of chapters from the new novel that comes with it, too.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Max Read on January 24, 2012
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"Max" was written by British author Daniel M. Mitchell and is one of several works attributable to him. Biographical information related to Mr. Mitchell seems limited.

The writing style incorporates unique features. The tale is wound around a "story within a story "sort of construction and two concurrent threads of mystery that only converge at the end. In addition, the author mixes in individual character background snippets that serve to explain certain aspects of the characters in the story. The mystery in the novel is well cloaked; the crime divulged but the perpetrator disguised only to be fully disclosed in the ending. In all this is a complex and very well written composition.

The prose is generally uncomplicated, although it seems to contain a number of grammatical gaffs mostly concerning verb tense. I at first attributed this to the British lilt, but it appeared to me later that it was probably not that as I encountered additional spelling and grammatical errors. These types of errors seem to be prevalent in the electronic versions of novels. At any rate, while these things are annoying, they don't materially affect the reading experience except to promote an occasional raised eyebrow or frown. The author's descriptive ability was excellent and he was able to turn scenes into vivid reality for the reader. The story's characters were well developed and memorable; again the writer's descriptive ability making them so. The author uses italic text to denote, what I called snippets, to fill the reader in on character background that is apparently not part of the manuscript that the narrator is reading. The tale is narrated by one of the characters.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert Stanziano on August 8, 2012
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Another reviewer wrote and I quote. "Book was weird and I could not understand where the author was going. Could not wrap my head around the substance or lack of in the book." How true. The author writes in a very strange hard to follow style. Near the beginning of the book he launches into a long long long boring story, of, I guess when he was playing cowboys & indians with some kids or it was a short story he wrote. I don't know what it was, but it was so long & boring I kept hoping and praying it would end!! It finally did!! See!! There is a God!! LOL!! Then it launched into more weirdness on Max. I mean, this author is one strange dude! I couldn't take anymore of it. I stopped reading it at that point. Another reviewer said and I quote. "Sorry but I was glad to be done reading it." That says it all. This ebook is a struggle to read. Thank God it was free!! Why bother to read an ebook that when it's finally over you're glad that it's over? Stephen King, I believe, said something to the effect that life is too short to read poorly written books. Amen! To those of you that liked this ebook, well, whatever. To each his own, I guess. I need to delete this ebook from my Kindle application ASAP!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jaykay on November 2, 2012
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I didn't know what to expect from this book as the reviews seemed to be wide rangeing. It was a little confusing in the beginning, but I perservered and I am so glad I did as I really enjoyed this book. Would have given it three and a half stars, but I don't know how to do a half. Mitchell has written a dark tale about two young school boys and their complex friendship.There are a few clues and loose threads throughout the book which Mitchell tidies up nicely in the end. For the price I paid I consider it very good value.
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